Suspect nabbed for suspected theft of large knife.

House of Knives in Kelowna was allegedly robbed by a man dressed all in black and with his face painted black.

  • Mon Apr 11th, 2016 7:00pm
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A robbery suspect was expected to appear in a Kelowna courtroom today (April 11) facing potential charges after being arrested Friday.

On April 8, at 9:46 a.m., the Kelowna RCMP received a report of a theft just committed at the House of Knives in Orchard Park Mall. The suspect is alleged to have gone behind the counter to steal a large-edged weapon. The suspect then allegedly threatened to harm the staff member on site if they called security, before fleeing on foot out of the mall towards Cooper Road.

“The suspect, who attempted to conceal his identity in an unusual way, was described to police as having painted his entire face and arms black while wearing all black clothing,” says Const. Jesse O’Donaghey. “It wasn’t too difficult for our investigators, aided by the stores video surveillance footage, to locate, identify and arrest the suspect in the 200 block of Leon Avenue.”

The suspect, a 21-year-old Kelowna man, was taken into custody without incident. He was remanded into police custody over the weekend. He faces potential charges of robbery and fail to comply with a probation order.

If you witnessed this incident and have not yet spoken to police you are asked to contact the Kelowna RCMP at 250-762-3300. Remain anonymous by calling Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477, leaving a tip online at www.crimestoppers.net or by texting your tip to CRIMES (274637) ktown.