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RCMP looking for suspect in string of Okanagan armed robberies

RCMP believes this one man may be connected to ongoing robberies in the Okanagan.
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RCMP are investigating a string of robberies last month across the Okanagan that may be connected to one man.

The first incident occurred Oct. 18 just after 9:10 p.m. Osoyoos RCMP officers responded to a report of a robbery with a firearm at a business in the 9000 block of Main Street.

A man entered the business, allegedly threatened the employee that he had a firearm, and demanded money. He fled on foot with an undisclosed amount of cash and store merchandise, according to the RCMP's press release.

Shortly afterwards on Oct. 24, just before 6:05 p.m., West Kelowna RCMP responded to a report of a robbery in the 2500 block of Dobbin Road. A man entered the business, allegedly threatened the employee that he had a firearm, and demanded money. He then fled with an undisclosed amount of cash and store merchandise in a small black vehicle, according to the RCMP.

Two more incidents were reported Oct. 25 in both the South and Central Okanagan. Just before 5:15 a.m., Oliver RCMP responded to a report of a robbery in the 6000 block of Main Street where a man entered the business, allegedly threatened the employee that he had a firearm, and demanded money. He again fled with cash and store merchandise.

The same type of incident was reported to Lake Country RCMP just before 10:15 p.m. of a robbery in the 11000 block of Highway 97. A man allegedly threatened an employee that he had a weapon, demanded money and then fled on foot with the cash.

The most recent incident was reported in Peachland, Nov. 4. West Kelowna RCMP responded to a report of a robbery at a business in the 5000 block of Clement Crescent with the same thing happening. West Kelowna RCMP and Police Dog Services searched the area, but were unable to locate the suspect, according to the press release.

"Based on the investigation and the information collected, the police believe that the same suspect maybe involved in the alleged robberies," according to the RCMP.

RCMP describe the suspect as a Caucasian male, 30 to 40 years old, 5'8" to 5'10" tall with dark hair and a receding hairline. He has a tattoo on his right hand and a tattoo sleeve on his left arm containing red ink.

“The threats of violence are very concerning in these incidents and luckily there were no injuries to anyone involved,” said Const. Solana Paré, media relations officer for the Kelowna Regional RCMP, in the press release.

“Following a fulsome review of the evidence collected, investigators believe that the same individual may be involved in the alleged robberies We are appealing to the public for assistance to identify the suspect or suspects involved, to assist us in advancing the investigation.”

Anyone with information about the robberies or the identity of the suspect(s) is asked to contact the West Kelowna RCMP at 250-768-2880. Should you wish to remain anonymous, contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or report a tip online here.


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