Nanaimo teens robbed at knifepoint

Two teenage boys were robbed at knife point in Nanaimo Thursday.

The robbery happened Thursday at about 8:15 p.m. Two boys, both 14, were playing at Coal Tyee Elementary School when an older teenager approached and followed them to the Esso gas station on Northfield Road and then threatened them with a 12 cm knife.

"When they got to the Esso, the male pulled a knife and demanded money," said Const. Gary O'Brien, Nanaimo RCMP spokesman. "They gave him their money and he told them to turn around, count to 20 and he walked away."

Police turned out with a tracking dog, but the dog was unable to pick up a track.

The victims were unhurt, but lost an iPhone, wallet and an undisclosed amount of cash in the encounter.

The suspect is described as being in his mid teens with shaved blonde hair. He was wearing a white hoodie, black jeans, a hat, and skateboarding shoes.

O'Brien said police believe the suspect attends a local high school.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call Nanaimo RCMP at 250-754-2345 or contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or online at

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