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Kelowna gas station robbed twice in one week

Back-to-back robberies

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Police believe two robberies in the span of one week at a Kelowna gas station may be connected.

On November 22, at 11:30 p.m., two suspects — one male and one female — entered a gas station on Springfield Road.

Police say the male suspect threatened the employee with a knife and robbed the store while the female suspect stood watch.

A previous robbery occurred on November 15, at 1:08 a.m. During the incident, two male suspects entered the store and one of the suspect’s threatened the employee with a pipe.

Police say they are investigating a possible connection between these two robberies.

Kelowna RCMP is asking for the public's help in identifying those involved.

The male suspect in the robbery on November 22 is described as a Caucasian man, 20-30 years of age, six-feet tall with an average build. The male was seen wearing a grey hoodie, dark pants, gloves, a black toque and a blue medical mask.

The female suspect involved in the robbery on November 22 is described as 20-30 years of age with a medium build. She was seen wearing blue jeans, a long black jacket with fur trim around the hood and red shoes.

In both incidents police say the suspects fled the store on foot toward Cooper Road with an undisclosed amount of cash and merchandise.

“With the holiday season approaching, the Kelowna RCMP is encouraging businesses to implement extra security measures to protect their stores and their employees,” said Cpl. Tammy Lobb. “Gas Stations, liquor stores and cannabis stores have been the target of robberies during the month of November”.

Police have released a list of holiday security tips for businesses:

• Use the buddy system – if employees are working into the night, make sure they are working in pairs.
• Do frequent deposits and change up these routines
• Limit entry points of the store to just one - control access by securing exterior doors and consider a buzz-in-only system
• Control activity – deter customers from entering with bags
• Lock up valuable assets
• Maintain visibility throughout the store
• Ensure cameras are functioning and are visible
• Use a security alarm system
• Light it up – use lighting strategically to light up the interior and exterior of your business, this will act as a deterrent for thieves who are trying to go unnoticed.



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