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A rash of grab and dash thefts

Three stores have been victims this week of a grab and dash scenario where suspects reach into the till, grab cash and run.

First on June 9 Bulk Barn was hit then on June 11 suspects targeted Extra Foods and Home Hardware.

“Police are urging retailers to remain vigilant as investigators seek suspects in a string of recent thefts of cash from registers,” says RCMP Cst. Kris Clark.

All three retailers have reported a similar scenario.

“An unknown male suspect enters the store and selects a small item for purchase. At the register, he provides just a bit more cash than the item is worth and when the cashier opens the till to make change, the suspect grabs a handful of bills and runs,” explains Clark.

Fortunately no one has been injured and there have been no weapons or threats.

Clark says suspect descriptions lead police to believe there are multiple people involved in this scheme.

One man was captured on video (seen above) but the others are described as Caucasian males in their mid to late 40's with scruffy facial hair and either grey or brown hair. RCMP say the possibility exists that the suspects are known or associated to each other.

Anyone with any information is asked to call the Kelowna RCMP at 250-762-3300. Remain anonymous by calling Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477, leaving a tip online at www.crimestoppers.net or by texting your tip to CRIMES (274637) ktown

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