Two armed robberies took place at liquor stores in Penticton and Okanagan Falls this week, both being threatened at gunpoint for cash.
Sgt. Jason Bayda, the spokesperson for the Penticton South Okanagan RCMP, said police are investigating the incidents, which at this time cannot be confirmed to be related.
The first took place on Monday at 9:30 p.m., when a male entered the Gables Liquor Store on Martin Street in Penticton and brandished a black semi-automatic handgun while demanding money. The male fled the area with an undisclosed amount of cash.
The male is described as standing 5’ 10” in height, around 160 lbs with a slim build.
He was wearing a black coat with its hood up, a black ski mask, black gloves and black jeans.
Then on Wednesday, a male entered the OK Falls Market Liquor Store at 7:34 p.m with a black handgun and demanded money. The male fled the area with an undisclosed amount of cash and two bottles of Caroline’s Cream liquor.
The male was wearing dark overalls, a dark hoodie, a dark baseball cap and a black ski mask.
“At this time we cannot confirm the robberies are related however that is something we are certainly looking into," said Bayda.
“Being a victim employee of a robbery can be very traumatic. No employee should have to face those risks at work. We are asking business owners to consider increasing the number of deposits they conduct during the day, limiting the amount of cash they keep on-premises or if possible removing the option to pay by cash. This can help make your business a less desirable target. We also recommend you avoid making your deposits alone."