RCMP spent mid-day Wednesday combing the Rutland area for a shoplifter who threatened Wal-Mart staff with pepper spray and a gun as they tried to prevent him from stealing.
Shortly before noon, police officers could be seen in the Walmart parking lot and along Dilworth Drive, a helicopter hovering over the neighbourhood, as they searched for a man said to have started ripping open merchandise in the garden department, then threatened the staff who tried put an end to the destruction.
“When security confronted him, he produced the pepper spray and said he had a gun. The suspect ran from the property, dumping the merchandise in the process,” said Const. Steve Holmes, Kelowna RCMP spokesman, noting the gun was never produced and no one was injured.
Police officers cordoned off the area surrounding the store and brought in police dogs, but he managed to get away.
The suspect was wearing a chain necklace, black tank top and white patterned shorts and is said to be five-foot, seven-inches tall, 75 kilograms (165 pounds), with short brown hair.
Anyone who spots an individual believed to be this suspect is asked to call the Kelowna Detachment at 250-762-3300.