Liquor store robbery licked by fate

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KELOWNA - A Kelowna man's robbery of a liquor store was thwarted by bad timing when an officer investigating a different incident happened to see him as he fled the scene last week.

At about 11 a.m. June 9, a Kelowna RCMP officer was in the parking lot of Berezan Liquor Store located on Highway 33 West when he saw the 21-year-old run from the store and take off on a bicycle. Suspecting he may have stolen the bottle of booze he was carrying, the officer chased him.

Staff from the store followed the man out and confirmed the bottle was stolen.

After a brief chase, the suspect, Niko Murray Haines, was arrested and the bottle recovered.

Haines was just released that day following an arrest over the weekend for an unendorsed warrant for shoplifting. He was arrested again and held for court the following day. He pleaded guilty to two counts of theft under $5,000 and one count of obstruction.

Haines was sentenced to 89 days in jail.

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