As reported in yesterday’s Bulletin, a taxi driver was the victim of an armed robbery in Marysville just before midnight Saturday, February 22, 2014.
Kimberley RCMP NCO in Charge Cpl. Chris Newel says that there are some tips coming in but nothing concrete so far.
The police know from doing a reverse lookup that the call originated from the pay phone at Marysville PetroCan. The cab was asked to come for the pickup near the swings at the Marysville Park.
Newel says the subject got in the cab before producing the gun, then demanded money and left. He said he didn’t know if the driver got a good look at the gun or not, but he did the right thing.
“Hopefully you don’t take chances on whether the gun is real in a situation like that,” Newel said. “And even if a fake gun is used, if it’s in the commission of a crime there are charges for that.”
Newel says crime involving guns is not common in small towns like Kimberley, but “every once in while it happens”.
A police dog was on the scene of the crime very quickly after it occurred but although it picked up a track, the dog was unable to locate the suspect, who remains at large.
The suspect is described as a Caucasian male in his 30’s, with blue eyes, wearing blue jeans, a black hoodie and a white ski mask. Police are asking anyone with information to contact the Kimberley RCMP at 250-427-4811.