Police looking for robbery suspect, working with businesses on safety plans

Kamloops City

2021-01-14 11:06 PST

File # 2021-780

The Kamloops RCMP Detachment is asking for the public’s help to identify a suspect in a recent retail store robbery.

On Thursday, January 7, at approximately 8:12 p.m., Kamloops RCMP received a report of a theft in progress at a business on the 1000 block of Hillside Drive, Kamloops BC. According to the report, a man left the store through an emergency exit with unpaid merchandise. When staff attempted to stop the man, he flashed what appeared to be a firearm.

Kamloops RCMP frontline officers quickly responded, along with the Police Dog Service Unit. Three people were located and initially detained, but later released as they did not fit the description of the suspect.

The suspect is described as:

 A Caucasian man in a grey ball cap is wearing a red mask and looking to his left as he grabs a blue-handled shopping cart. He has a neck tattoo and is wearing a zip-up black hoodie with grey and white stripping along the mid-section.

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A Caucasian man in a grey ball cap with a fox logo is wearing a red mask and looking to his left as he grabs a blue-handled shopping cart. He is wearing a zip-up black hoodie with grey and white stripping along the mid-section, as well as a black image and some lettering. A grey hood is visible underneath his black hoodie.

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While Kamloops RCMP frontline officers investigate the robbery with the assistance of the General Investigation Support Team, the Crime Prevention Unit has been working with local businesses to help prevent such crimes.

Through its Crime Prevention Unit, the Kamloops RCMP Detachment has been reaching out to local businesses and offering its support and services, including inviting them to join the Business Watch Program if they haven’t already. Business Watch is a partnership program between the City of Kamloops, RCMP, and local businesses to help prevent crime from occurring and increase a sense of safety and security.

Tips on theft and robbery prevention, information about what to provide police with for a more successful investigation, and even a site visit and evaluation are some of the services available to help support local businesses. A Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design assessment can help businesses see what areas may be creating opportunities for criminal activity, as well as offer suggestions for remedies.

If you have any further information on the file, please contact the Kamloops RCMP non-emergency line at 250-828-3000. If you are a business and would like to discuss crime prevention tips, please call 250-828-3223 or visit Kamloops.ca/CrimePrevention.
 

Released by

Cst. Crystal Evelyn

Media Relations Officer
Kamloops RCMP
kamloops.rcmp-grc.gc.ca
560 Battle Street, Kamloops, BC V2C 6N4
Office: 250-828-3000
Fax: 250-828-3034

Email: Crystal.Evelyn@rcmp-grc.gc.ca

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