UPDATED: Stolen guns used in Kelowna armed robbery

Two young men—including a former employee—are in custody after an armed robbery at a fast food joint Friday night.

Around 8:15 p.m. on Friday, two men wearing masks walked into the Taco Del Mar on Banks Road and displayed handguns to the two female staff members, said Const. Steve Holmes.

“The suspects forced the employees to the ground and took an undisclosed amount of cash before fleeing the scene in a white Mazda sedan,” added Holmes.

At one point in the heist, police say, one of the men allegedly “physically grabbed one of the employees and pushed her up against the wall.”

Police say there were no customers in the restaurant at the time of the robbery, as it was around closing time. Within the hour of the robbery, police say they found the Mazda involved in the robbery in an underground parking lot at a condo in the 1000-block of Sunset Drive.

Two males were found still inside the vehicle and were arrested and taken into custody. “A search of the vehicle resulted in the location of two handguns, balaclavas and the cash that had been taken from the restaurant,” said Holmes.

Officers also learned that one of the suspects, an 18-year-old, was a former employee of the restaurant, and that the two handguns were part of a cache of 19 weapons that were stolen from a secure storage locker at approximately the end of January.

Police were able to get search warrants and recover the rest of the guns, which had previously been properly registered, from two separate locations.

Both the 18-year-old and the other suspect, aged 24, were held in custody over the weekend. They were expected to appear in court Monday on charges of armed robbery, wearing a disguise during the commission of an offence, possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose and break and enter.

The 18-year-old is also facing a charge of assault. Their names have not been released.

UPDATE: Charges have now been sworn against Lawrence William Peter Federink, 18, and Brandon Tyler Woody, 24. Both are charged with using a firearm in the commission of an offence, disguising their face during the commission of an offence, and possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose.

Federink faces an additional charge of assault.

Both men remain in custody and their cases are back in court Wednesday.

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