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Shoplifting crackdown in West Kelowna gets 24 arrested

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May 22, 2021 - 9:34 AM

In the past few months, West Kelowna businesses have reported an increase in violence, and threats of violence, towards loss prevention officers working to stop shoplifters.

Because of this, West Kelowna RCMP said in a press release  they rolled out a weekend-long initiative targeting shoplifting at numerous businesses in the area,

From May 14 to 15 members of the West Kelowna RCMP Community Safety Unit partnered with Loss Prevention Officers at local businesses. The RCMP officers used a combination of plainclothes and uniformed officers who identified people allegedly stealing from the businesses and arrested them.

“This was a very successful initiative,” Staff Sgt. Duncan Dixon of the West Kelowna RCMP said in a press release. “We are working diligently to send a clear message that this sort of criminal activity will not be tolerated in our community.”

As a result of this project, a total of 24 people were arrested and released for future court dates for shoplifting. Numerous other arrests were made for other offences such as outstanding warrants, possession of a stolen car, drug trafficking, and violations of driving prohibitions.


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