The Hamilton Police Service is issuing safety tips to the public. The same ones issued last January regarding “high-end” coats being stolen from individuals.
On Sunday at approximately 5 p.m., a male youth was walking along Brucedale Ave in front of Inch Park when an unknown male reportedly exited a coloured sedan and approached him.
The suspect allegedly said he was in possession of a weapon and demanded the victim’s coat.
“The victim was physically accosted and the suspect obtained his winter coat and running shoes,” according to police, who say the suspect fled the scene in the sedan.
Police say the victim was not physically injured and a weapon was not seen.
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The suspect is described as a black male in his mid-to-late teens with a 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.
Police say it’s important to report a robbery as soon as possible, as it increases the likelihood of an arrest.