Woman robbed of iPod, cellphone in East Vancouver

A 22-year-old Vancouver woman is recovering after being robbed shortly before 12:30 a.m. this morning in East Vancouver, police say.

The woman was walking in the 2200 block East 25th Avenue when she was approached from behind by a man who grabbed her arm and demanded what was in the bag she was carrying.

The man was able to get a cellphone and an iPod before running off.

The woman was not physically hurt and was able to call police from home.

The suspect was not located and is described as black, between 25 and 30 years old, about 5’9” tall and 180 pounds, with a medium build. He was wearing a black jacket over a white hoodie, dark pants, and white shoes.

While the number of robberies was down almost 16 per cent in the first quarter of 2011, we want to remind everyone to take every precaution when it comes to their personal safety.

Tips include, but aren’t limited to:

  • walking in well-lit areas and with someone if possible
  • if you know you’re going to be out late at night and alone, try to arrange to have a friend or family member pick you up
  • call 9-1-1 immediately if you notice anything you feel is suspicious

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