Kelowna man convicted in Shoppers Drug Mart robbery

Kelowna man Brandon Oswald was convicted on three of four charges related to the 2014 robbery of Shoppers Drug Mart.

Kelowna man Brandon Oswald was convicted on three of four charges related to the 2014 robbery of Shoppers Drug Mart.

He will be sentenced late August for robbery, disguising his face with the intent to commit an offence and the use of an imitation firearm.

The jury rendered a not guilty verdict on the charge of unauthorized possession of a firearm.

Oswald was, according to his lawyer, contrite for the crimes he committed.

“He’s been doing well, has been staying out of trouble and is working,” she said.

Well dressed, and seemingly affable, Oswald certainly put forward a significantly less menacing image than police reports from the time of his arrest indicated.

“On March 11, 2014, just before 10 p.m., plainclothes and uniformed officers from both Kelowna and West Kelowna were conducting surveillance on a 22-year-old West Kelowna man suspected of several armed robberies beginning in February,” reads a press release from Const. Kris Clark, dated March 14, 2014.

“Police followed the suspect to the Shoppers Drug Mart located at 2475 Dobbin Road but were not in a position to intervene prior to him entering the store, masked and gun-in-hand. The man reportedly demanded cash and drugs from the staff before calmly leaving the store on foot. He had left his vehicle strategically parked a short distance away but police weren’t willing to let the suspect get that far, taking him into custody in the parking lot.”

Oswald, who was 22 at the time, was later arrested and  the gun he was carrying was deemed to be a fake.

In addition to the charges at hand, Oswald pleaded guilty to two provincial court charges of breaching  bail conditions.

Another outstanding court matter with several charges attached to it has yet to be dealt with.

Just Posted

Half-priced cat adoptions at the Kelowna SPCA

Adult cats are 50 per cent off until July 29 at the Kelowna shelter

Wildfire remains out of control near Lake Country

Lake Country - The fire started near Dee Lake, southwest of Coldstream yesterday

Kelowna RCMP investigating after woman finds a bullet in her car

The police believe it was an act of negligence

Waters: Can retired Kelowna top cop leave his old badge at the door?

Current and former Kelowna RCMP superintendents using different approaches to tackle downtown crime

Firefighters take to the roof of the Kelowna Yacht Club

Firefighters are supporting the The Bridge Youth & Family Services Society this weekend

Trudeau asks transport minister to tackle Greyhound’s western pullout

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says he’s asked Transport Minister Marc Garneau to find solutions in Greyhound Canada’s absence.

Vernon Knights hire Van Horlick

New head coach of Junior B franchise in Armstrong

St. Albert knocks down Canadians

Finals of Valley of the Champions

Restaurant Brands International to review policy over poaching employees

One of Canada’s largest fast-food company to review ‘no-poach’ franchise agreements

Calgary family’s vacation ends in tragedy on Texas highway

Three people died and four others were injured in the crash

Union construction cost competitive, B.C. Building Trades say

Non-union firms can bid on infrastructure, but employees have to join international unions

Arrows stick it to Adanacs

Vernon Men’s Baseball League playoff final

Trudeau to shuffle cabinet ahead of Liberals’ team for 2019

Trudeau could lighten the work loads of cabinet ministers who currently oversee more than one portfolio

Car calls 911 on possible impaired B.C. driver

A luxury car automatically calls Princeton police to scene of crash involving alcohol

Most Read