Kelowna man arrested for attempted robbery and purse snatching

Kelowna RCMP Cpl. Joe Duncan.

KELOWNA – A Kelowna man was arrested Saturday afternoon for attempting to rob a grocery store, snatching a purse at Costco and then running from police.

At around 1:30 p.m. April 4, police were called to Safeway on Highway 97. According to Cpl. Joe Duncan of the Kelowna RCMP, the man entered the store and demanded money but was unsuccessful and left in a vehicle.

Shortly after police received a call of a purse snatching at Costco. The description of the man and the suspect vehicle matched those given from the attempted robbery at Safeway.

“Police were able to locate a suspect vehicle which matched the Safeway and Costco (incidents) and attempted to stop it, however the driver failed to stop for police and for public safety reasons, police did not pursue it,” Cpl. Duncan said in a release.

The vehicle was eventually found parked near Gordon Drive and Harvey Avenue and police arrested a 38-year-old male.

He was held in custody and faces charges of theft, failure to stop for police, dangerous operation of a vehicle, attempted robbery and failure to comply with a probation order.

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