Suspect eludes police following Kelowna armed robbery

RCMP released these photos from surveillance video of an armed robbery suspect. A business on Pandosy Street was robbed on Jan. 26, 2018.
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KELOWNA - Kelowna RCMP are seeking the public’s assistance after a brazen daylight armed robbery in the city’s Mission neighbourhood last week.

Kelowna RCMP spokesperson Const. Lesley Smith says in a media release officers responded to an armed robbery in the 2600 block of Pandosy Street at around 4:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 26.

A man walked into the unidentified business, pointed what appeared to be a black handgun at the employee and demanded money, Smith says.

The suspect took off with some cash, fleeing northbound on Pandosy Street. No customers were in the store and the employee was not hurt during the robbery.

The suspect eluded police despite extensive patrols, which included the use of a police dog.

“RCMP officers were able to collect video surveillance from the neighbouring business and we are sharing still photos of the footage with the public in hopes of identifying this male,” Smith says in the release. “The video shows the male suspect in a light grey hoodie carrying a black bag. The male then covers his face with his scarf and is observed entering into the store where he commits the robbery.”

Police describe the suspect as a man approximately 5'6" tall with a slim build. He was wearing a light grey hoodie with a scarf covering the lower part of his face, black pants and black shoes and was carrying a black bag.

Anyone with any information about this crime is asked to contact the Kelowna RCMP at 250-762-3300. Or remain completely anonymous by calling Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477, by leaving an online tip at www.crimestoppers.net or by texting your tip to CRIMES (274637) ktown.


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