July 19, 2015 - 10:12 AM
OLIVER – The corner store in Oliver was held up by a man with a weapon on Thursday and the RCMP suspect a prolific offender wanted for not showing up to serve his jail sentence may be their man.
RCMP say a man walked into Eastside Grocery at the corner of Park Avenue and Eastside Avenue just after 10 a.m., July 16, and produced a weapon.
The suspect got away in an older model GMC police describe as a smaller size, possibly a quarter-ton, two-tone, white or light grey and dark grey with a red stripe along the bottom. It may have had a dark grey or black or a black canopy on the box.
“From the description provided, police believe it to be similar to that of a man who currently has outstanding warrants out of Penticton,” Cpl. Dave Tyreman says in a media release.
Tyreman is talking about Ronald Teneycke, an Okanagan Falls man with a criminal record spanning at least two decades with convictions for sexual assault with a weapon and drug possession. He has been on the lam for over three weeks after failing to show up at the Penticton RCMP detachment jail to serve a sentence for making or possessing an explosive without lawful excuse.
Tyreman says extensive patrols were made to look for the suspect vehicle by officers with the Oliver and Osoyoos detachments, along with South Okanagan Traffic Services who were assisted by the RCMP helicopter.
It wasn’t found.
RCMP describe the suspect in the armed robbery as a thin and sickly looking Caucasian man in his late 50s or early 60s, about 5’10” and 150 lbs. He had facial hair, a cleft lip or scar above his lip with grey, longer, surfer-style hair. He was wearing jeans with a black shirt and black leather coat and a dark coloured ball cap.
Tyreman warns if you see the suspect or the suspect vehicle; do not approach either on as the suspect is considered by police to be extremely volatile.
He suggests calling 911 immediately.
If you have seen this person or vehicle and know where they may be located, contact the Oliver RCMP at 250-498-3422 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.
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