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Kelowna bank robbery prompts hold and secure at nearby school

A collage of four images captured from video surveillance footage of a suspect wanted by Kelowna RCMP in connection to a robbery at a Scotiabank branch in Kelowna, Thursday, Jan. 31, 2019.
January 31, 2019 - 12:52 PM

KELOWNA — Kelowna RCMP are on the hunt for a bank robbery suspect.

A Scotiabank branch in the 100 block of Highway 33 West in Rutland was robbed at around 10 a.m. today, Jan. 31, prompting a temporary hold and secure order at nearby South Rutland Elementary School. according to an RCMP media release.

Police say a man entered the bank and showed the teller a note demanding money. The suspect claimed to have a gun but a firearm was never seen. The suspect took off on foot with some cash.

RCMP searched the surrounding area with the help of plainclothes officers and a police canine team.

"The suspect remains outstanding at this time as police continue their investigation," Kelowna RCMP spokesperson Cpl. Jesse O'Donaghey says in the release.

Due to the bank's close proximity to South Rutland Elementary School, RCMP placed it on a temporary hold and secure order.

RCMP describe the suspect as a Caucasian male, approximately 55 years old, 5'7" tall with a short grey beard and glasses. He was wearing a dark red jacket, a grey polo-style shirt,  jeans and a grey toque.

Any witnesses who have not yet spoken to police or with information about the suspect can contact the Kelowna RCMP at 250-762-3300.

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