Woman bear sprays Kelowna mall employees as she steals drone

"The suspect allegedly bear sprayed the employee before fleeing the area on foot south on Dilworth Drive..."

  • Nov. 8, 2016 6:00 p.m.

Images of the unknown suspect from the stores video surveillance system;

Mounties are searching for a woman they allege pepper sprayed a Best Buy employee Monday as she stole a drone.

Several RCMP officers responded Nov. 7 at 4:10 p.m., to a report of a robbery just committed at Best Buy in Orchard Park Mall located at 2271 Harvey Avenue.

Police allege that the woman suspect was confronted by a store employee and loss prevention officer, as she exited the store with an unpaid drone valued at over $1,800.

“The suspect allegedly bear sprayed the employee before fleeing the area on foot south on Dilworth Drive,” said Cpl Jesse O’Donaghey, in a press release.

“An area of containment was established as a Police Service Dog was called to the scene to conduct a search for the woman, who left behind the stolen drone and the spent canister of bear spray.”

The K9 unit was unable to locate the suspect.

The victim, a 26-year-old Kelowna man, was treated by emergency medical personnel at the scene.

The robbery suspect is described as:

·         Caucasian female;

·         In her mid-30’s;

·         5 ft 6 in to 5 ft 8 in tall;

·         Black hair;

·         Wearing a grey jacket, black sweater, black pants and white shoes;

“Investigators are seeking the public’s assistance in identifying their suspect and are releasing images from the stores video surveillance system,” said  O’Donaghey.

Anyone with any information is 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.

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