Nanaimo RCMP are reminding people to be aware of what’s happening around them when they use ATMs, after an attempted robbery on Labieux Road.
A woman was using the ATM at a credit union in the 23-hundred block around 9:30 Sunday night when another woman came up to her. She opened her bag, showed a gun, and demanded cash and the victim’s car keys. The victim was hit on the head with the gun in the struggle that followed.
The suspect ran off, and RCMP say they couldn’t find any sign of her.
She’s described white, skinny, late 30’s to early 40’s, and about 5 -foot 4. She was wearing fitted blue jeans, a black sweater, black vest, dark hat, dark ankle boots, and a dark knitted scarf with some blue. She was carrying a messenger style bag with a light interior.
Sgt. Sheryl Armstrong of Nanaimo RCMP says, “In situations like this there is always a risk to personal safety. The best thing to do is to comply with the demands, observe as much detail as possible about the suspect, and call 911 as soon as possible. People are reminded to be aware of your surroundings prior to using ATM’s. Make sure to scan the parking lot, the inside of the ATM if it is located within a building, and if anything causes you concern to wait or have another person go with you.”