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Woman allegedly threatens security guard with stun baton at New West liquor store

Suspect makes off with several bottles of wine
New Westminster police are investigating an incident in which a woman allegedly made off with several bottles of wine after pointing a stun baton and sparking it in the direction of a security guard at a liquor store in downtown New West. File

A woman made off with several bottles of wine after allegedly threatening a security guard with a stun baton.

About 7 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 17, a woman entered a downtown area liquor store and gathered several bottles of wine. She allegedly produced a stun baton and sparked it in the direction of the security guard as she left the store without paying for the wine, said a press release from the New Westminster Police Department.

Store staff called 9-1-1. New Westminster Police Department patrol officers searched the area for the woman but she was not located.

“This is the second incident in less than two weeks where an electroshock weapon has been produced and sparked, to threaten staff at New Westminster establishments,” police spokesperson Sgt. Sanjay Kumar said in a news release. “Both these incidents highlight the lack of respect for business owners and their employees, and the recklessness of these individuals. We were fortunate to make an arrest in our first file and we will continue to gather evidence in an effort to identify this other suspect.”

Police say the woman is described as being approximately 5’8” tall, about 30 years of age, with long brown hair and a thin build. She was wearing a beige trench coat with fur lining, a blue and white sweater, an orange scarf, black leather pants, and black and white runners and she was carrying a blue and brown bag.

Anyone with information on this incident is asked to call the New Westminster Police Department at 604-525-5411.