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Kamloops Mounties nab suspect in two armed robberies

Kamloops RCMP officers, one armed with a shotgun, surround a unit in the condo complex at the corner of Singh Street and Lethbridge Avenue, Friday, Sept. 20, 2014.
September 20, 2014 - 10:14 AM

KAMLOOPS – A 43-year-old man is cooling his heels in police cells after he was arrested in connection with a pair of armed robberies in Kamloops on Friday afternoon.

At about 1:45 p.m., the clerk at the Tranquille Market on Tranquille Road and 12 Street was held up by a man with a gun, according to police.

RCMP say the second robbery happened a short time later when a man, who matched the Tranquille Market robbery suspect’s description, robbed a woman.
He was last seen running towards Lethbridge Avenue.

“Further information was received that the suspect may have gone into a housing complex on the corner of Singh Street and Lethbridge Avenue,” Const. Cheryl Bush says in a media release. “Police surrounded the suspected residence and removed occupants from neighboring units to ensure their safety.”

Officers tried repeatedly to contact the suspect, but received no response.

The RCMP’s heavily armed Emergency Response Team found the suspect hiding when they entered a unit in the condo complex on the corner of Singh Street and Lethbridge Avenue.

RCMP say they also found and seized two BB guns.

Police aren’t saying what charges they are recommending to crown counsel be laid against the suspect.

A Kamloops RCMP officer helps to clear children away from a condo unit where a robbery suspect is hiding, Friday, Sept. 20, 2014.
A Kamloops RCMP officer helps to clear children away from a condo unit where a robbery suspect is hiding, Friday, Sept. 20, 2014.

To contact the reporter for this story, email Jennifer Stahn at jstahn@infonews.ca or call 250-819-3723. To contact the editor, email mjones@infonews.ca or call 250-718-2724.

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