April 17, 2015 - 2:33 PM
KELOWNA – Cpl. Joe Duncan of Kelowna RCMP says detectives investigating the suspicious package found burning in Orchard Park mall this week was more than just a bag on fire.
“It was of some sophistication,” he says. “The (detectives) say they have not had anything like this before in our area.”
Duncan says a Sears employee found the package, which resembled a lunch bag, on fire shortly after 2 p.m., April 15. He put the fire out with an extinguisher then called RCMP.
The mall was evacuated for the remainder of the day while police searched. The bomb squad was called in and the package was destroyed sometime that evening.
He says it did not contain an explosive but was “an incendiary device.”
RCMP released still images of a man they believe is responsible but so far no arrests have been made.
They are asking the public for tips.
Police say he is a Caucasian, between 5’9” and 6’ tall, with an average build. He was wearing a dark jacket, a dark baseball cap with white lettering on the front and sunglasses. He was carrying a dark backpack.
Anyone with any information is asked to contact the Kelowna RCMP at 250-762-3300. Remain anonymous by calling Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477, leaving a tip online at www.crimestoppers.net or by texting your tip to CRIMES (274637) ktown.
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