Bigger is better when it comes to thwarting pizza store robbery

When it comes to robbery, size matters.

In a scene reminiscent of the movie Crocodile Dundee, a would-be robber with a knife met his match Monday night when he tried to rob a West Kelowna pizza shop.

In the movie, a mugger produces a knife only to learn his victim carries a bigger one.

According to police, the same thing happened during a robbery attempt at a pizza restaurant in the 1,700-block of Ross Road. The robbery was foiled after the suspect brandished a knife and the store employee brandished a bigger one.

RCMP Const. Steve Holmes said the incident happened at just after 10:30 p.m. when a man, wearing a black jacket and with his face disguised, produced a knife and pointed it at the cash register indicating a demand for cash.

The employee stood away from the cash register and picked up a large pizza knife and told the suspect no. The suspect then asked for a small amount of money instead but left when the employee again refused.

A police dog team was called in and followed a track from the restaurant south to a nearby RV park where the track ended.

Holmes said while police do not advocate anyone putting themselves at risk in this way, fortunately, no one was injured.

If anyone has any information concerning this incident, please call the West Kelowna Detachment at 250-768-2880 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or visit the Crime Stoppers website to report.


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