Mounties in Kamloops are investigating after a second daytime armed robbery that occurred in the city in less than a week.
The most recent incident happened shortly before 5 p.m. on Wednesday, when officers responded to reports of a thief at a store in the 800 block of Columbia Street.
According to police, the male suspect wore a bandana over his face and pulled out what appeared to be a firearm. The man allegedly then demanded money, lottery tickets, and energy drinks.
“Officers arrived on scene almost immediately, but the culprit fled on a bike into a residential area,” says Cpl. Crystal Evelyn in a news release. “The Police Dog Service Unit attended and was able to track evidence related to the investigation, but the suspect managed to escape.”
The suspect is described as a white man with short hair who stands six feet tall. He was dressed in a blue baseball cap, white tank top, red bandana, dark pants, white and black shoes, and a grey and black backpack with a small red logo.
This is the second armed robbery in less than a week, however the police said it is unknown if these robberies are related
“The time of day that both of these robberies occurred is typically when we see lots of pedestrian and vehicle traffic in the community,” says Evelyn. “It is our hope that someone will have seen something that can help identify a suspect.”
Police say at this time it’s not known whether or not these two robberies are related.
Anyone with information or surveillance video is asked to contact Kamloops RCMP at 250-828-3000 and reference file number 2022-19377.