Two weeks into the new year, Port Alberni RCMP have already responded to two separate robberies involving bear spray.
On the evening of Monday, Jan. 8, two men tried to break into a house in the 3500 block of 6th Avenue. The homeowner appeared from within the house at a window that had just been broken and was met by two suspects standing outside the window. Upon seeing the homeowner, one of the suspects produced a weapon before the other suspect sprayed the resident with bear spray. The two men then fled the area when the resident threatened to call police and let their dog out.
In the early morning of Thursday, Jan. 11, two men broke into a residence on the 5200 block of River Road. The suspects knocked on the door and when the residents answered, they sprayed the residents with bear spray before forcing their way into the home. One of the suspects presented a weapon. The suspects stole a few valuables, then fled the house.
The two male suspects have been described as being heavy set or stocky and approximately six feet tall. The suspects had covered their faces and have not been identified.
In both instances, police immediately conducted extensive patrols in these areas, but failed to locate the suspects. The investigations are continuing.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the Port Alberni RCMP at 250-723-2424. Or, to remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).