Street Robbery Prompts Safety Messaging
Hamilton Police are providing safety tips to help avoid being a victim after a Sunday evening street robbery of a high-end winter coat and shoes.
On Sunday, November 15, 2020, at approximately 5:00 p.m., a male youth was walking along Brucedale Avenue in front of Inch Park when an unknown male exited a dark coloured sedan and approached him. The suspect demanded the victim’s coat and stated he was in possession of a weapon. The victim was physically accosted and the suspect obtained his winter coat and running shoes. The suspect fled the scene in the sedan.
The victim was not physically injured and a weapon was not seen.
• Medium build
This past January, several street robberies targeting high-end winter coats occurred in the downtown area and west Hamilton neighbourhoods. The parties responsible were identified and criminally charged.
Although this is the first recently reported incident, Hamilton Police are reminding the public to take measures to avoid being a victim of a street robbery:
- Do not walk alone, especially after dark
- Follow the safest route possible. Avoid shortcuts and deserted areas. Try to keep to well lit, busy streets.
- Walk with a purpose and be aware of your surroundings.
It is also important to report a robbery to the police as soon as possible. The faster police can respond, the greater the chance of an arrest. If you are a victim or witness a robbery in progress, call 911 immediately.
If you have any information that you believe could assist Police with the investigation into this crime you are asked to contact Detective Constable Ian Chan by calling 905-546-8970 or Detective Sergeant Marco DelConte at 905-546-3851 of the Division Three, Criminal Investigation Branch.
To provide information anonymously call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or submit your anonymous tips online at http://www.crimestoppershamilton.com