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Alleged thief threatens Kelowna mall security guard with knife

RCMP say this man pulled a knife on a Kelowna security guard yesterday, Nov. 21, 2017.
November 22, 2017 - 1:26 PM

KELOWNA – A security guard of a Kelowna store was threatened with a knife after confronting an alleged thief yesterday.

Shortly after 3:30 p.m. Nov. 21, RCMP were called to a high priority weapons complaint at an Orchard Plaza business on Cooper Road. A media release from Cpl. Jesse O’Donaghey says the alleged shoplifter pulled out a knife and “lunged towards the victim.”

“The armed suspect was last seen on foot running towards the rear of the Orchard Plaza, through the pedestrian breezeway next to the movie theatre,” he says. “RCMP set up an area of containment and called out a police canine to conduct a search for the suspect. Unfortunately, due to the heavy pedestrian foot traffic in the area, the search was later called off as a result of concerns for public safety.”

The suspect, caught on security camera, is a Caucasian male, approximately 6'6 tall with a thin build and blonde hair. He wore blue jeans, a black jacket, blue backpack and a grey flat cap.

The security guard was not harmed during the attempted arrest.

If you witnessed this incident and have not yet spoken to police or you recognize the suspect from the images, you are asked to contact the Kelowna RCMP at 250-762-3300. Or 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.

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