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Two Vernon motels robbed a few days apart

RCMP say two hotels were robbed in four days by a man who was caught on video.
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October 05, 2017 - 4:27 PM

VERNON – RCMP are on the hunt for a suspect after two motel front desk clerks were robbed and bear sprayed last week.

RCMP say the first robbery happened at a Super 8 Motel on 32 Street during the early morning hours of Sept. 29.

A lone male entered the motel lobby with a knife and demanded money, according to an RCMP media release.

After receiving an undisclosed amount of cash, the suspect bear sprayed the clerk in the face and fled.

RCMP described the suspect as a slender Caucasian man approximately 5’9" tall. He was wearing blue jeans, black jacket and black ski mask. Police are examining video surveillance from the motel.

On Oct. 2, a man who looked very similar to the suspect in the first robbery, entered the lobby of the Sandman Inn on 32 Street shortly before midnight.

“The male suspect presented a knife to the front desk clerk and demanded money. When another employee attempted to intervene, the male suspect bear sprayed the clerk and fled with a small amount of cash,” Cpl. Dan Moskaluk says in the release.

He is described as approximately 25 to 40 years of age. He was wearing a black jacket, grey pants, white shoes and a black ski mask.

“On review of the video surveillance from the Sandman Inn, the suspect appears similar to the one seen at the Super 8 Motel,” Moskaluk says.

If you have any information regarding these robberies or the identity of the male involved, please contact the Vernon RCMP detachment at 250-545-7171 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

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