Shopkeeper beaten with hammer

An Aldergrove shopkeeper was beaten with a hammer early Monday morning by two robbers.

The two robbers entered the Express convenience store at the corner of 29 Avenue and 272 Street shortly after 7 a.m.

Both men were wearing hooded clothing and one of them struck the shopkeeper twice with the hammer, before fleeing with cash from the till.

The victim was struck on the left side of his head as well as in his jaw by the hammer. Fortunately, the injuries were not life threatening, but he was in a lot of pain, said RCMP Cpl. Patrick Davies.

The robbers dropped the hammer inside the store and fled to the west in an older white four-door Ford vehicle, such as a Taurus or Contour. No licence plate number was obtained as the plate appeared to have been tampered with to obscure the number.

The victim was transported to Abbotsford hospital for treatment and stitching of his cuts.

Police dog services attended but were not able to track anything.

Cpl. Davies said police are seeking tips regarding the robber’s vehicle and ask that any information be called to RCMP at 604-532-3200 or anonymously to CrimeStoppers at 1-800-222-8477.