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Tips sought in unsolved robbery, fraud and theft cases in Kelowna area

Do you recognize this woman, who was captured on video surveillance during a robbery at Best Buy in Kelowna?
Image Credit: Central Okanagan Crime Stoppers
November 10, 2016 - 10:58 AM

KELOWNA - Central Okanagan Crime Stoppers are hoping you have the missing link that will bring several unsolved crimes in Kelowna and Lake Country to a close.

Over the past month, authorities have dealt with robberies, attempted frauds, and thefts — all of which remain under investigation.

On Nov. 7, a Best Buy employee at Orchard Park Mall in Kelowna was pepper-sprayed by a suspect running out of the store with stolen goods, according to a release from Central Okanagan Crime Stoppers. RCMP, along with Police Dog Services, attended but were unable to find the suspect, who dropped the stolen $1,800 drone and an empty canister of bear spray.

The suspect is described as a woman in her mid-30s, roughly 5’6” to 5’8” tall with black hair, wearing a grey jacket, black sweater, black pants and white shoes.

In a separate incident Oct. 21, a local bank located on Highway 33 West in Kelowna contacted RCMP to report a possible fraud attempt. A woman had entered the bank and tried to open an account, providing a driver’s license and social insurance number card for identification. The woman appeared to be much older than the identification given.  She was asked to have a seat in the waiting area but opted to go out for a cigarette and never returned. The suspect is described as Caucasian, in her 40s with dark blonde hair, a grey purse, black clothing and a black jacket held over her arm. The identification was later determined to be stolen from a vehicle break-in the week prior.   

Authorities believe this woman may have attempted to fraudulently set up a bank account in Kelowna Oct. 21, 2016.
Authorities believe this woman may have attempted to fraudulently set up a bank account in Kelowna Oct. 21, 2016.
Image Credit: Central Okanagan Crime Stoppers

On Nov. 5 around 4 p.m. in Lake Country, a man noticed what he thought was someone fuelling an excavator at a construction area on Tyndall Road. He then noticed a blue compressor hose running from the excavator into the tank of the new light coloured Ford F350 Platinum Edition truck. When the man realized he was discovered, he quickly closed the gas cap and took off at a high rate of speed. The witness then followed the direction of the truck, but lost sight of it. The truck then returned, passing the witness and clipping his vehicle’s side mirror. The driver of the Ford F350 is described as a 50-year-old Caucasian man with dark hair wearing dark-rimmed eyeglasses, and well dressed in a black coat and pants. The suspect’s vehicle may have had Alberta license plates and had an LED light bar installed on the front grill above the bumper. Another complainant called in this vehicle for dangerous driving near the Shanks Road intersection with Glenmore Road.

Authorities are looking for tips after a man was caught syphoning gas out of an excavator in Lake Country.
Authorities are looking for tips after a man was caught syphoning gas out of an excavator in Lake Country.
Image Credit: Central Okanagan Crime Stoppers

Tips are also being sought to help recover a camera stolen in a vehicle break in. On Oct. 1, thieves took a Garmin portable navigation system and a red Nikon SLR camera from a vehicle located at a complex on the 11000 block of Bottom Wood Lake Road in Lake Country. The family would like to at least recover the SD card from the camera which contains family photos from the Oregon Coast.  

The stolen camera is similar to the one pictured here.
The stolen camera is similar to the one pictured here.
Image Credit: Central Okanagan Crime Stoppers

You can help catch these suspects and qualify for a reward by calling Crime Stoppers’ anonymous tips line at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477). You can also visit the website or text to CRIMES (274637), keyword Ktown.


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