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Abduction attempt at thrift store

A West Kelowna resident wants the community to know that an elderly woman attempted to take her five-year-old son from the West Kelowna Salvation Army store Saturday morning.

According to Tracey Jacobson, her son was playing with the toys at Salvation Army when a woman he had never seen before approached, called him “George”, and told him to come with her.

Tania was shopping for cowboy boots for her son; when she was ready to leave, she went to the play area to retrieve him but he was nowhere to be found.

After a frantic search of the building, the young boy came running up, crying, and said that an “old lady” had tried to take him.

“A lady tried to pick me up,” said the boy.  “She told me I had to come with her.”

“I believe my son,” said Tania, obviously shaken by the experience.

“I think it was an attempted abduction.  I’ve never seen him so scared.”

The store has no security cameras, but the woman is described as being elderly, and wearing a black jacket and red hat.

“It’s important for other parents to understand that this kind of thing can happen to anyone,” she said.

A similar attempt was made in October 2012 when an elderly woman allegedly tried to walk off with a toddler at the WalMart McDonalds in West Kelowna.  The woman was never located.

Anyone with information relating to either incident is asked to contact the RCMP.

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