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Thief tries and fails to steal ATMs in Kelowna, West Kelowna

This still taken from video surveillance shows the suspect standing at the rear of the dark coloured pickup truck.
May 17, 2017 - 2:35 PM

KELOWNA – Police are on the hunt for a suspect they believe is responsible for two separate early morning break-ins and ATM theft attempts in Kelowna and West Kelowna.

Police were called to the Esso On The Run Gas station in the 3600 block of Highway 97 North in Kelowna at about 4:30 a.m. today, May 17. A man driving a dark coloured pickup truck had backed into one of the doors, according to an RCMP media release.

The suspect entered the store once the glass was broken and tried to steal an ATM using chains, but was unsuccessful and only managed to damage the machine. Police say he stole other items including cigarettes before leaving.

Not long after, at about 5:30 a.m., RCMP were called to a movie theatre in the 500 block of Highway 97 South in West Kelowna where a suspect used chains to try and steal an ATM from inside a movie theatre.

The suspect was caught on video surveillance and is described as a Caucasian man, between 30 and 40 years old, with lighter coloured hair and a receding hairline. He was wearing blue jeans, a fleece zippered sweater and a pair of gloves.

“RCMP believe the two crimes are related to one another,” Cpl. Jesse O’Donaghey says in the release.

Police are seeking witnesses or anyone who may recognize the suspect.

Contact the Kelowna RCMP at 250-762-3300. Remain anonymous by calling Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477, leaving a tip online at or by texting your tip to CRIMES (274637) ktown.

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