This is the man taped holding up a TD bank on the Westside.

Bank robber vaults counter in West Kelowna heist

Suspect fled on a bike and managed to evade police who used a service dog to try and track him down

  • Jun. 3, 2013 6:00 p.m.

The West Kelowna RCMP are searching for a suspect after a bank was robbed Friday evening.

At 7:40 p.m., a man entered the the TD Canada Trust, at 525 Highway 97 South, wearing a ski jacket, baseball cap, jeans, sunglasses and a mask.

Armed with what appeared to be a canister of bear spray, the suspect jumped over the counter and demanded money from the tellers, fleeing the scene on an orange bicycle with an undisclosed amount of cash.

“I would have to say we average about six (bank robberies) a year,” said Kris Clark, Kelowna RCMP spokesperson. “…They are pretty high-profile.”

A police service dog tracked the suspect and located a number of clothing items as well as the getaway bike, but the man could not be found.

Clark said bear spray is a fairly common weapon of choice and that, while it may not reduce one’s sentence to use bear spray, as opposed to a knife or gun, anytime a gun is involved it ups the ante come sentencing should the individual arrested be convicted.

Anyone with any information is asked to call the West Kelowna RCMP at 250-768-2880. To remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477, leaving a tip online or text your tip to CRIMES (274637) ktown.


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