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Kelowna robbery suspect arrested after regular foot patrol finds him

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June 09, 2017 - 2:08 PM

KELOWNA - RCMP got their man yesterday thanks to a video surveillance system.

Just after 8 a.m., June 8, police got reports of a robbery at the Pharmasave at 505 Doyle Ave. The suspect allegedly demanded prescription drugs from an employee and suggested he had a weapon, according to a police press release.

He fled the store on foot.

“Our officers flooded the downtown core in search of the potentially armed suspect,” Cpl. Jesse O’Donaghey says in the release. “A Kelowna RCMP police canine unit attended the scene, however were unable to safely track their suspect.”

Around 6 p.m. police on a foot patrol of Kelowna’s downtown approached three people in Millbridge Park and recognized one man as the suspect from the robbery thanks to images from the store’s video surveillance. Police arrested the suspect, a 39-year-old Ontario man, without incident.

He is expected in court today.

Police are still investigating the incident and are asking any witnesses or people with information to contact them at 250-762-3300.

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