Richmond RCMP seek to identify suspect who robbed online seller at gunpoint

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      Richmond investigators have released a composite sketch (above) of a male suspect involved in a transaction that turned into a robbery earlier this year.

      Prior to 9 p.m. on January 4, Richmond RCMP responded to a report of a robbery in the 9600 block of Alberta Road.

      A 38-year-old man from Richmond had advertised on Craigslist that he was selling a luxury watch and had made arrangements to meet a prospective buyer.

      However, when the buyer arrived, he allegedly robbed the seller at gunpoint.

      After exhausting investigative avenues, Richmond RCMP released the above composite sketch in an attempt to identify the suspect.

      The suspect is described as a white male with a medium build. At the time, he was wearing a camouflage hoodie, brown or grey jeans, and a baseball cap.

      He has a full-sleeve tattoo on his right arm.

      He was last seen leaving the scene in a dark-coloured newer model Ford SUV.

      Anyone with information about this case or suspect is asked to contact Richmond RCMP or Crimestoppers.

      Richmond RCMP also issued tips for online buyers and sellers when engaging in a transaction, including:

      • arranging a meeting in a public place, such as a shopping mall food court, coffee shop, or local police detachment that has security video (the Richmond RCMP lobby is offered for this purpose);
      • bringing along an additional person to observe the transaction when selling or buying a big-ticket item;
      • obtaining valid contact information from the buyer or seller before meeting.

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