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Police seek suspects in violent Penticton home invasion

Police are seeking the whereabouts of the individual shown in this surveillance video footage taken in a Summerland retail outlet following a home invasion in Penticton on Wednesday morning, Sept. 14, 2016.
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September 20, 2016 - 11:30 AM

PENTICTON - RCMP don't have any suspects in custody after a violent home invasion in Penticton almost a week ago.

Cpl. Don Wrigglesworth says police responded to a call at about 6 a.m., Wednesday, Sept. 14, when two men were reported to have entered a Fairview Way home through an open front patio door.

The suspects bear sprayed two male residents who were in separate bedrooms on the second floor, Wrigglesworth says. One man was struck in the legs with a baton being carried by one assailant, while the other threatened the two victims with a plumbing wrench.

A Playstation 4, cell phone, cash and other valuables were taken.

Wrigglesworth says both men were approximately 5'8" tall and were wearing dark clothing and bandanas around their faces. One appeared to be Caucasian, the other darker skinned.

It is not known whether the intruders left on foot or by vehicle.

He says the offence appears to be a crime of opportunity, as the victims are not known to police, and the suspects gained entrance through an unsecured patio door.

Bank cards taken in the incident were used in Summerland later that day. One of the suspects was recorded on surveillance video.

Victim services and the police forensics unit were also involved in the incident, which continues to be investigated.

Anyone with information regarding the suspects is asked to contact Cst. Layne Morris at the Penticton RCMP detachment at 250-492-4300, or by calling Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

Police are cautioning city residents to ensure their doors and windows are secure.

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