Man allegedly wields a hatchet during three Kelowna robberies

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KELOWNA - Kelowna RCMP are looking for a single suspect after three local businesses reported last week they'd been robbed by a man wielding a hatchet-like weapon.

The first incident happened Jan. 25 at 6:22 p.m. at Okanagan Video located at 431 Highway 33 west. Officers were told a man came in with a hammer in hand demanding money. He then fled with an undisclosed amount of cash. Mounties used a police service dog, initiating a short track, but a suspect wasn't located according to an RCMP media release. 

Then on Jan. 29 at 6:49 p.m., Kelowna RCMP investigated a report at the Rutland Convenience Store at 885 Rutland Road North. Again it's alleged a lone male came into the store, this time with a hatchet, demanding money. The clerk confronted the man verbally and he fled to a waiting four-door dark-coloured sedan empty-handed. RCMP say it's possible someone was behind the wheel of the vehicle with the suspect taking the passenger seat.

Less than an hour later, at 7:44 p.m., police received another report of a robbery from Source Adult located at 2469 Highway 97 north. Investigators were told a lone, masked man came inside the store carrying a hatchet, demanding money. The alleged robber left with an undisclosed amount of cash. 

RCMP say nobody was physically injured during the three robberies. 

The suspect is described as Caucasian, 30-45 years old, 5'6" to 5'10, medium build, blue or grey eyes with short brown hair. He was wearing gloves and his face was fully covered with either a T-shirt, a bandana or a balaclava. He spoke without an accent.

RCMP considers the man armed and dangerous and asks the public not to approach the suspect if spotted. Instead, anyone with information is asked to contact the Kelowna RCMP, Const. McBride at 250-470-6396. 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.

To contact the reporter for this story, email Adam Proskiw at aproskiw@infonews.ca or call 250-718-0428. To contact the editor, email mjones@infonews.ca or call 250-718-2724.

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