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Armed robbery at illegal cannabis retailer in Kamloops

Photos from police show the two suspects. The first suspect (left) is holding a long barrel gun, and described to be shorter than the second suspect (right) who is brandishing a knife.
Image Credit: SUBMITTED/B.C. RCMP
March 09, 2019 - 2:32 PM

KAMLOOPS — Kamloops RCMP are searching for two suspects who allegedly robbed an illegal cannabis store this week.

Police responded to a report of an armed robbery at Phyven Medicinal Cannabis Dispensary located on Victoria Avenue in downtown Kamloops, a media release says.

Their investigation determined that two masked suspects entered the store, one brandishing a knife and one with a long barrelled firearm.

No one was physically harmed nor were any shots fired.

The suspects fled the scene with cash and cannabis products. They were seen fleeing in a pickup truck, but no licence plate was obtained.

Around 3:00 a.m. today, March 9, a brown GMC Canyon truck was located near River Street in Kamloops. Police determined this truck was used by the suspect in the robbery, and had been previously reported stolen from Chase, B.C.

Police describe the suspects as:

Suspect One
Armed with long barrel gun;
First Nations male;
Red brimmed ball cap;
Shorter than Suspect Two;
Carhartt-style beige jacket, toque, covering over face.


Suspect Two
Armed with a knife;
Taller and larger build than Suspect One;
Beige pants;
Had a piercing under his eye described as two jewels, similar to bellybutton-style piercing.

"Illegal cannabis retailers remain an attractive target to criminals because of the real or perceived hesitance the operators have in reporting crime to the police," Sgt Simon Pillay says in the release. "In comparison, legal storefront operations are obligated to adhere to store security requirements, employee training, qualifications and sell product that comes from a safe supply chain that is easy to identify and trace back." 

Police are seeking the public's assistance in this investigation. If you recognize these suspects, saw this pickup truck, or have any information about this crime contact Kamloops RCMP.


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