Custodian pepper sprayed while confronting Kelowna thief

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KELOWNA - When trying to confront a thief, a Kelowna custodian was pepper sprayed last night.

RCMP says at around 9:30 p.m., Feb 21, the 56-year-old custodian was leaving an apartment complex in the 2300 block of Gordon Drive when he noticed a man was breaking into a parked car.

When he heard the sound of breaking glass, the custodian noticed a man leaning into the broken window of a parked vehicle, according to an RCMP media release.

At first, the thief threatened the man with bolt cutters, then used pepper spray. The thief then fled the scene on a red BMX bike, northbound up Gordon Drive.

Fortunately, the custodian was able to avoid most of the pepper spray and was not injured.

Police describe the suspect as an Caucasian man in his 20s, about 5’7’’ tall, with a red moustache. He was wearing a green hooded canvas, army coat, blue jeans and a black ball cap.

Although RCMP realize the custodian had good intentions confronting the thief, they recommend people avoid any contact with a thief.

"A person who feels threatened can act in an unpredictable and aggressive manner," Const. Steve Holmes says in the release. "If that person has a weapon, they may use it in an attempt to get away.”

Anyone with any information about this incident is asked to contact Const. Jones of the Kelowna RCMP at 250-762-3300 or call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS).


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