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Chilliwack homeless man sentenced to two years for 'despicable' robbery

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The man who tried to rob a Salvation Army Christmas Kettle by threatening a volunteer with a needle and saying he had HIV was sentenced in Provincial Court in Chilliwack on Monday.

Keith Silver was handed two years plus a day in jail and banned from owning firearms for life.

Silver, who is homeless and has an extensive criminal record, was arrested in late November of last year after he threatened the Sally Ann volunteer in front of the Safeway at Chilliwack Mall and then robbed the Winners store.

Chilliwack RCMP and Lower Mainland District Integrated Police Dog Services responded to the first robbery, then got a second call at Winners minutes later.

The 45-year-old got nothing from the Christmas Kettle holdup as the container holding the money was locked and the mechanism holding it was too large to remove.

He did walk away with $300 from Winners after he handed a note to a teller saying he had a gun.

Mounties recovered the money and arrested Silver a short time later on Knight Road.

He wasn’t carrying a gun but he had a needle.

At the time of his arrest, a Chilliwack RCMP spokesperson called threatening the Sally Ann volunteer “despicable.”

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