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Kelowna RCMP search for shoplifter who allegedly stole $20K in goods

The accused has allegedly stolen approximately $20,000 in merchandise over the past few weeks

Kelowna police are asking for the public’s help in identifying a shoplifter.

On November 10, at approximately 6:15 p.m., Kelowna RCMP responded to a call for a theft from a liquor store in the 2000 block of Highway 33, Kelowna.

A man had concealed a bottle of “very expensive bottle of premium liquor,” and left the store without paying, said Cpl. Michael Gauthier with the Kelown RCMP. The man had paid for a single bottle of wine at the store and left with both the wine and the concealed liquor bottle.

The suspect is described as being an olive skinned man in his mid 30s or 40s with a medium to heavy build. He has short, groomed black hair and was wearing black framed glasses, a black vest and grey khaki pants.

The male also appears to have a very distinct tattoo along the right side of his neck and throat.

While reviewing CCTV of other shoplifting incidents, a Kelowna RCMP Watch Support Officer identified this male as the same individual suspected of multiple other thefts including from a hardware store and a music store. In these two particular incidents, the male was wearing the same black vest and glasses along with a camouflaged coloured jacket and toque.

“This individual appears to have stolen close to $20,000 in merchandise from three stores alone in the last couple weeks,” said Gauthier. “It would be reasonable to believe he’s committing thefts elsewhere and we need your help. If you know who this is, please let us know. Moreover, if this person has stolen from your business, please let us know and report it.”

If you can identify this suspect or have further information, contact the Kelowna RCMP at 250-762-3300 and reference file 2023-67181. If you wish to remain anonymous, you can contact Central Okanagan Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or online at

Jacqueline Gelineau

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