Rash of armed robberies in the region gets a closer look from RCMP

THOMPSON-OKANAGAN - They would have had to drive awfully fast to make this date but RCMP will be interviewing two men arrested after a Kelowna liquor store robbery about their possible involvement in robberies in Salmon Arm and Kamloops.

Kelowna RCMP arrested a man from Kamloops and another from Kelowna early Monday morning after two men robbed Jammers Liquor Store at gunpoint just after 9 p.m. Sunday, fleeing the scene in a white truck.

An hour and a half later, a lone male with a handgun robbed a Liquor Depot in Kamloops, taking off with cash and cigarettes, also in a white truck.

The day before, two men robbed a Mac’s store in Salmon Arm just before 7 p.m. One of the men produced a handgun, again stealing cash and cigarettes before running off to what police believe was a waiting vehicle.

RCMP spokesman Cpl. Dan Moskaluk emphasized there is no evidence yet of a possible connection in the three robberies and the investigation is routine whenever there is a rash of robberies with similarities in a particular area.

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