Woman produced stun baton while stealing bottles of wine in New Westminster

Stun baton used in robbery

A shocking robbery had police attending a New Westminster liquor store this week.

Sgt. Sanjay Kumar said at approximately 7 p.m. on Jan. 17, a woman entered a downtown area liquor store and grabbed several bottles of wine.

Kumar said the woman allegedly produced a stun baton and sparked it in the direction of the security guard as she left the store without paying for the wine.

The woman is described as approximately five-foot-eight with long brown hair and thin build. She was wearing a beige trench coat with fur lining, a blue-and-white sweater, orange scarf, black leather pants, black-and-white runners and carrying a blue-and-brown bag.

“This is the second incident in less than two weeks where an electroshock weapon has been produced and sparked, to threaten staff at New Westminster establishments,” said Kumar.

“Both these incidents highlight the lack of respect for business owners and their employees, and the recklessness of these individuals. We were fortunate to make an arrest in our first file and we will continue to gather evidence in an effort to identify this other suspect.”

Anyone with information on the incident is asked to call the New Westminster Police Department at 604-525-5411.

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