Belmont video shop robbery victim speaks

SHE’S 64 and has only worked in a video shop for the past 12 months, but Lynn Becker knows an action movie sequence when she sees one.
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So when a young man, brandishing a knife and wearing a balaclava, stormed Network Video at Toronto about 7.50pm on Thursday and demanded cash, she thought he was trying to emulate what he’d seen on the big screen.

“I didn’t take any notice when he came in, but then he came behind the counter and started waving the knife at me,” she said.

“He said ‘Give me the money, bitch’, just like what they see in the movies. That’s what it felt like – like he was acting out a movie.

“He wanted the money, so I took the $5, $10 and $20 [notes] out of the drawer and put them on the counter.

“He picked them up and he said, ‘Where’s the fifties?’.

“He seemed to know where they were, and once he’d found them he screamed, ‘Where’s the rest of it? Where is it?’.

“I said ‘That’s it, there’s no more’ and he pushed me and said ‘Where’s the rest of it?’.

“I fell to the ground and bruised my arm and hit my hand on something and cut it.

“I told him, ‘You’ve got it all, that’s it, there’s no more’.

“Then the phone rang and he said, ‘Don’t touch the phone, don’t answer the phone’.

“Then he left and as he was going he said, ‘Don’t ring the police’. As soon as he was gone, I locked the door and rang the police.”

It was initially thought Mrs Becker had been stabbed on the back of her hand, but the police have since ruled it out.

The offender stole about $700 from the video store, which is owned by Mrs Becker’s sister Judy and her husband Hans Szubert.

Mrs Becker said she was shaken after the incident and wasn’t sure when she would return to work.

The man is described as being about 165 centimetres tall, in his late teens and of a slim build.

Anyone with information can contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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