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Bullet 'intimidation' used in convenience store robbery in New West

Suspect found to be breaching court conditions after witness reports robbery in New Westminster.
A witness called 911 to report an alleged robbery of a convenience store in downtown New West.

A man who placed what appeared to be a bullet on the counter of a local convenience store was found to be breaching court conditions.

Last weekend, the New Westminster Police Department (NWPD) received a 911 call from a witness saying she had just witnessed a robbery at a convenience store in downtown New West. The incident occurred about 11:15 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 10.

"The witness described a man placing what appeared to be a bullet on the counter before walking away with merchandise," said a NWPD news release.

"At the time, it was unclear if the suspect was in possession of a firearm."

Patrol officers rushed to the area and quickly located the alleged suspect, who was arrested without incident. Police identified the suspect and found that he was allegedly breaching his court-ordered conditions.

"Robbery and intimidation of local business employees is not acceptable, and we’re thankful for the person who witnessed this robbery and called 911," said NWPD spokesperson Sgt. Andrew Leaver.

"We strive to ensure that our city is safe for everyone to enjoy, and we want to thank the public for their assistance in achieving that goal."

The New Westminster Police Department reminds the public to call 911 if they witness a robbery in progress.

According to the police department, officers later confirmed the item placed on the till was a bullet.

Kyle Shamus Boyco, a 34-year-old Surrey resident, has been charge with one count of robbery.