Robber bets on lottery

NANAIMO – Knife-wielding robber makes off with scratch and win tickets from convenience store.

A knife-wielding robbery suspect is either running around with the winning combination to a lot of cash or a stay in prison after making off with scratch and win tickets Thursday.

Mounties responded to a robbery at the College Grocer convenience store on Wakesiah Avenue at about 2:30 p.m. after a man produced a knife, grabbed an undisclosed number of scratch lottery tickets and fled.

The store clerk chased the suspect for a short distance before an RCMP dog team took up the track, but lost it where police believe he got into a vehicle and escaped.

No one was injured.

The suspect is described as Caucasian, 20-25 years, 5-foot-5, with a thin build. He wore a white baseball cap, black and white bandana, black long-sleeve shirt, black long shorts and  black and lime-green gloves.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call Nanaimo RCMP at 250-754-2345 or contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or online at www.nanaimocrimestoppers.com.