Stock image of Caucasian male donning a balaclava.

Two attempted robberies in Courtenay involving balaclava-clad suspects

RCMP unsure if incidents are related

  • Jan. 17, 2018 1:30 a.m.

On Jan. 16, the Comox Valley RCMP responded to two attempted robbery reports.

The first incident occurred at approximately 6:10 p.m. in the 4700 block of Headquarters Road in Courtenay, when the suspect male entered a local business demanding money. After a brief struggle with the employees, the male fled empty-handed. This male was described as being Caucasian in his mid to late 20s, approximately 5’9” tall and 170 lb. He was reported to be wearing darker clothing, gloves and a balaclava.

At 11:03 p.m., the Comox Valley RCMP received a second report of an attempt robbery having occurred in the parking lot of a business located in the 300 block of Hunt Road, in Courtenay. During this incident, a suspect male approached a citizen as they were getting into their vehicle, demanding cash. The victim fended off the suspect as he attempted to gain access to the vehicle and the suspect fled. This suspect male was described as 5’10” tall, approximately 170 lb. wearing a patterned jacket and a balaclava.

Police are attempting to determine if these incidents are related.

“The Comox Valley RCMP would like to remind everyone, do not struggle with, or put up a fight during these events. Do as you are told, and call 911 as soon as you can. Luckily no one was hurt in either of these incidents,” stated Cst. Rob Gardner, Comox Valley RCMP media relations officer.

Anyone with information regarding these attempted robberies are encouraged to contact the Comox Valley RCMP at 250-338-1321. If you wish to remain anonymous, contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or online at If the information you provide through Crime Stoppers results in a conviction, you may be eligible for a reward.

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