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.

Just Posted

RCMP hunt for suspect in West Kelowna bank robbery

Suspect used a note and fled bank Saturday with an undisclosed amount of cash

Community Leader Awards: Shelley Pacholok

The Kelowna Capital News honours those who give back in the community

International Arts Festival returns to Kelowna

Living Things is a month-long festival with live performances by artists from around the world

Legion bell prank hits sour note

Anger erupts after Summerland Legion member removes bell from Peachland Legion

Kelowna Art Gallery members’ exhibition offers variety of media

Encounters will be held from Dec. 2 to Feb. 3

Vehicle with dog inside stolen from Oliver gas station

A black Honda CRV was stolen from the Oliver Chevron early Sunday morning

Team Canada loses 5-2 over the Czech Republic at World Junior A Challenge

Vees’ Tychonick drops in one of Team Canada West’s pair of goals

Site C decision coming Monday

Premier John Horgan to announce fate of dam project at B.C. legislature

PIGS bring Pink Floyd sound to Kelowna

Victoria band pays tribute to iconic British band on Feb. 10 at Mary Irwin Theatre

Letter: Another flagger dies; when will you slow down?

You have all seen our signs, trucks and my favorite our cones. Why don’t you slow down?

Kelowna-developed technology to be unveiled at Summerhill

Kelowna winery and tech company introduces new technology for phone or tablet

California couple name daughter after Revelstoke

Revy Elle Atashroo was born on Nov. 27. Her name honours the town her parents loved exploring.

Most Read