Police looking for help to find school vandal and vending machine thieves

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CENTRAL OKANAGAN – Local RCMP in Kelowna, West Kelowna and Lake Country have a number of unsolved crimes they are asking the public for help solving.

On Jan. 10, a Kelowna resident reported her black Honda Pilot had a smashed passenger window and was missing a black and white leather Roxy wallet. The wallet contains ID, cash, Esso gas cards and prepaid Amex cards.

Video surveillance shows two men who left the scene and moved to the EME building on Alumni Avenue where they pried open a vending machine and stole the coin box.

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Nine days later on Dec. 19 video surveillance at KLO Middle School on Gordon Drive captured a man tagging the school with a black Sharpie at around 1 p.m. The male suspect in the video wore a Vancouver Canucks hat and had a green Mohawk and goatee. The City of Kelowna will pay a $500 reward for tips leading to an arrest for graffiti vandalism.

In West Kelowna a man told police he was robbed at the Ross Road bus exchange on Jan. 8. The robbery occurred between 6:30 p.m. and 7:12 p.m. when a male exited the driver’s side door of a red van near the bus stop and pointed a can of bear spray at the victim. He demanded money and when the victim handed over his backpack the suspect left in the van. He is described as a Caucasian male in his 20s, approximately 6’ 2” tall and wearing a black jacket, white baggy pants and a black brimmed baseball cap.

A Lake Country home under construction on the 1600 block of Travertine Drive was entered during the early hours of Jan. 9 and an assortment of tools were taken. A neighbour was awoken by his barking dog around 2 a.m., which could be when the suspects entered the home by accessing the garage door or front door codes. Among the items taken are a $3000 paint sprayer and four electrical drills.

B.C. Ambulance Service is also asking the public for help locating two missing Motorola HT-1250’s radios with serial numbers 749TASF759 and 749TBY5681.

You can help catch these suspects and qualify for a reward by calling Crime Stoppers’ anonymous tips line at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), visit their website at www.crimestoppers.net or text to CRIMES (274637), keyword 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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