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Kelowna police seek robbery suspect with history of violence

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March 22, 2016 - 3:18 PM

KELOWNA -  Police are searching for a man they think robbed the Mission branch of Scotiabank yesterday.

Kelowna RCMP is looking for Michael Joseph Craswell as their main suspect. Spokesperson Const. Jesse O'Donaghey says the suspect has a history of violence and should be considered dangerous. 

"Do not approach Craswell and call the Kelowna RCMP or 9-1-1 immediately if you spot him," O'Donaghey says.

Just before 3 p.m. yesterday, March 21, police were called to the Scotiabank branch at 3275 Lakeshore Rd. A lone man entered the bank, stood in line for a teller, then approached a teller with a handwritten 'robbery note.' He didn't produce a weapon but said he had a gun. He fled the bank with cash.

Bank video surveillance led police to Craswell. He is described as:

  • Caucasian male;
  • 36 years of age;
  • Tattoo of a spider under his left eye;
  • Tattoo of a spider web on the front of his neck;
  • Slender thin build;
  • Six feet tall;
  • Balding with short brown hair;

Anyone with any information is asked to contact Const. Steve McBride of the Kelowna RCMP General Investigations Section (GIS) at 250-762-3300. Remain anonymous by calling Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477, leaving a tip online at or by texting your tip to CRIMES (274637) ktown.

To contact a reporter for this story, email Marshall Jones at or call 250-718-2724.

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