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Two young women robbed at knifepoint yesterday afternoon near Mayfair mall

Nov 25 2012

Two young women were robbed at knifepoint in broad daylight near Mayfair Shopping Centre Friday.

The incident was similar to a robbery of two 11-year-old girls near Hillside Shopping Centre last week, said Victoria police spokesman Cst. Mike Russell.

“This time there was a knife,” he said. “This definitely ups the game.”

Around 3:45 p.m. Friday afternoon, two women, ages 19 and 22, were leaving Mayfair mall and walking along the 400-block of Burnside Road.

They were approached by another young woman who wanted to know the time. She appeared to be in her early twenties, about five-foot-two, slim, with green or blue eyes and dyed blonde hair with a blue streak underneath. She had a silver stud nose ring.

As one of the two robbery victims took out her cell phone to check the time, the other woman pulled a large knife on her. She demanded the women hand over their cash, phone and belongings.

The robbery was interrupted by an approaching bus but the attacker made away with some makeup, cash and rings.

Police are concerned about the similarities between this incident and one that occurred Nov.13 near Hillside mall. In that case, two eleven-year-old girls were approached by a twenty-something man and woman who asked the time and then robbed the girls of their cell phones and belongings.

“It’s a similar M.O., getting the time. But a different hair colour,” noted Cst. Russell.

Police are warning citizens to be selective about where they use costly electronic devices in public and be aware of their surroundings.

Also, as the most recent robbery occurred on the street, police are hoping there were witnesses who can help the investigation. They are asked to call Victoria Police at their non-emergency line 250-995-7654 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).


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