West Shore RCMP are searching for a suspect following another gunpoint robbery involving someone leveraging a classifieds website to lure victims.
The incident is the second reported case this week after VicPD issued a similar media release after someone was robbed in the 100-block of South Turner Street on Wednesday night.
In the second incident, West Shore RCMP confirmed they were investigating a report of a robbery with a firearm near the 1200 block of Goldstream Avenue in Langford.
Similar to the first incident, a 32-year-old man responded to an ad on UsedVictoria.ca to purchase a used gaming system such as a PS5, Xbox or Nintendo Switch.
The victim met up with the suspect just before 10 a.m. Thursday, October 27th. Police said the suspect pulled the handgun out and demanded cash after the two had discussed the gaming systems for a period of time.
The victim ran away from the scene, got to a safe location and called the police.
Police set up a containment in the area and the West Shore RCMP Police Dog Unit conducted a search for the suspect, however, the suspect was not located. He was last seen on foot headed eastbound on Goldstream Avenue.
The suspect is described as a Caucasian man his 20s, standing approximately 5’8 tall and has a slim build and short hair.
At the time of the incident, he was wearing a face mask, grey toque, black jacket and pants and white sneakers.
“We want to warn the public as the suspect has not yet been located. Be weary of ads like this one; where the item was listed on sale for hundreds of dollars less than its value,” said Cpl. Nancy Saggar Media Relations Officer, West Shore RCMP.
Saggar said they have been in contact with VicPD and are aware of similar reports of robbery in their jurisdiction within the last few days.
“At this time, it is undetermined if these crimes are related,” said Saggar.
Police are seeking the public’s assistance in identifying this suspect.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the West Shore RCMP at 250-474-2264.