Man knocked from wheelchair by thieves

A Kelowna man was knocked from his wheelchair last week when a couple of  thieves attempted to steal his backpack.

The Kelowna RCMP received a report of a robbery Feb. 26 at 9:44 a.m. near Lake Avenue and Water Street .

"A 36-year-old Kelowna man who requires a wheelchair for mobility had just taken money out of the bank from a downtown location and placed it in his backpack," said Const. Kris Clark.

"Approximately 20 minutes later, while in the area of Lake Avenue and Water Street, an aboriginal woman approached the man from behind and asked for a cigarette. While he was engaged in conversation with the woman, an unknown man approached from the opposite side and grabbed his backpack."

A struggle ensued that resulted in the Kelowna man falling to the ground from his wheelchair and being struck in the face by the unknown man. The two suspects then fled on foot with the man’s backpack.

The backpack was later recovered but was missing the cash and wallet.

The female suspect is described as:

  • Aboriginal
  • About five-feet tall and 100 lbs
  • Eyebrow piercing
  • Wearing a purple jacket

No description of the man is available.

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

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