Salmon Arm  

Cops bust armed robbers

With guns drawn, Salmon Arm RCMP took down three robbery suspects in the Shuswap city Tuesday.

The action began at approximately 4:30 p.m. on Halloween, when police received a 911 call from a business in the Tappen area reporting an armed robbery had just taken place.

“The suspect had shown a gun to an employee at the store and demanded money before fleeing the scene in a grey pick up truck,” said Staff Sgt. Scott West.

A witness was able to provide police with a description of the occupants of the truck and a detailed description of the truck they left in, including the licence plate.

“An alert officer, who was in the downtown Salmon Arm area at the time and en route to the scene in Tappen, spotted the suspect vehicle traveling east on Highway 1 in the downtown area. Several police cars immediately converged on the vehicle,” said West.

The suspect vehicle was stopped at the intersection of Highway 1 and Alexander Street where three suspects, two males and one female were taken into custody.

“Police recovered an undisclosed amount of money, stolen property, and a firearm. The vehicle involved was also seized,” said West.

The robbery investigation is ongoing at this time but all three suspects, a 27-year-old male from Kamloops, a 36-year-old male from the Salmon Arm area and a 22-year-old female from Kamloops are in police custody at this time, police said.

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