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iN VIDEO: Same Kelowna gas station robbed twice in one week

The Kelowna gas station at the intersection of Springfield Road and Cooper Road.
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Police are hoping the public can help them identify a man and a woman who allegedly robbed a gas station in Kelowna.

The incident happened on Nov. 22 around 11:30 p.m. on Springfield Road, according to an RCMP media release. Police say the man threatened the employee with a knife while the female accomplice was on lookout.

The same gas station was robbed one week earlier on Nov. 15. On that occasion the suspects were both men and one threatened the employee with a pipe.

Police are investigating to determine if there is a connection between the two robberies. Both times an undisclosed amount of cash and goods were stolen, and both times the suspects fled the store on foot in the direction of Cooper Road

“With the holiday season approaching, the Kelowna RCMP is encouraging businesses to implement extra security measures to protect their stores and their employees,” Cpl. Tammy Lobb said in the release. “Gas stations, liquor stores and cannabis stores have been the target of robberies during the month of November”.

From the Nov. 22 robbery, the male suspect is described as white and between the ages of 20 and 30. He stood around six feet tall with an average build, and he was wearing a grey hoodie, dark pants, gloves, a black toque and a blue medical mask.

The woman is also described as between 20 and 30 years old. She has a medium build and was wearing blue jeans, a long, black down-style jacket with fur trim around hood and red shoes.

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RCMP made some suggestions for employees working late at night. Police recommend working in pairs, frequently depositing cash but on a sporadic routine, deter customers from entering businesses with bags, keep high-value items locked up, ensure cameras are functioning properly and install good lighting.

Anyone with any information on or who may have witnessed this incident is asked to contact the Robbery Unit by emailing e_kelowna_general_enquiries@rcmp-grc.gc.ca. Or remain completely anonymous by calling Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or by leaving a tip online at www.crimestoppers.net.

An RCMP photo collage of the two suspects accused of robbing a gas station in Kelowna on Nov. 22.
An RCMP photo collage of the two suspects accused of robbing a gas station in Kelowna on Nov. 22.
Image Credit: SUBMITTED/Kelowna RCMP

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