Glenda Walliser said she moved her consignment fashion store from Vancouver to Steveston to avoid getting ripped off all the time.
A Steveston store owner is reeling after being robbed twice in the space of a few weeks.
Glenda Walliser can’t believe her bad luck after her upscale Moncton Street consignment store was broken into by a thief around 5:20 a.m. on Saturday.
After responding to the alarm, she then looked at the CCTV footage in utter disgust as the culprit tore up Bon Retour Consignment Fashion, grabbing as many big-ticket items as possible.
Just last month, Walliser had faced another thief, who attempted to steal two designer handbags from under his nose.
She told the Richmond News on Tuesday how she got into a fight with the man that time, only to get him to run away with the stolen bags, before dropping them when a passerby managed to force him against a wall.
“It was bright outside. And he doesn’t flinch when the alarm goes off, ”Walliser said of the CCTV footage.
“People (on social media) say it looks like a woman, but I have no idea.
“I think he had closed the square and knew what he was looking for. He took all the high end stuff and left the cheaper stuff.
Walliser said things seem to be going from bad to worse in the village, since she moved the company 10 years ago from Vancouver – to escape frequent thefts.
“The guy (six weeks ago) arrived; he wanted to look at these bags, he knew the high end bags. He was taking videos of them, talking to someone on the phone. I thought ‘that was weird’, ”Walliser remembers.
“He wanted to see them side by side on the counter. He grabbed them and started running for the door. I fought with him, which was stupid, but it was a reaction. He pushed me, I ran after him, I shouted “he’s stealing from me”. This guy grabbed him, slammed him against the wall. He dropped the bags and ran away.
“I locked the store and did not reopen that day. I didn’t go back for about four days. It’s not the same person as the heist, however.
“I was in Vancouver, on Cambie, then on Broadway, then on Marpole. I’ve had so many break-ins in Vancouver so I’ve had enough and always wanted to be in Steveston.
Walliser said some people commented on Facebook that their properties in Steveston were robbed by someone of a similar description that same morning.
However, Richmond RCMP said they had not received any such report other than the robbery at the Walliser store on Moncton Street.
Police say they arrived at the scene around 5:30 a.m. to find the front door appearing to be forced open, but there was no one inside.
Their investigation is still ongoing and no suspect has yet been identified.
Anyone who may have information on this matter is encouraged to contact the Richmond RCMP at 604-278-1212, citing file number 21-13663.
If you wish to remain anonymous, call Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or visit them online at www.solvecrime.ca