A young boy out for a bike ride in Rutland was robbed by two older youth late last week.
On Thursday, June 30 the 11-year-old boy had his black BMX stolen by two boys believed to be around 14-years-old.
“It’s sad that an 11-year-old can’t ride his bike without being robbed and it’s rather significant,” said Const. Steve Holmes. “We don’t have too many reports of people this age being intimidated and robbed—especially of something as substantial as a bicycle.”
The victim was riding on a pathway between Gerstmar Road and Hyw. 33 when the older boys accosted him, one grabbing the bike while the other took a kick at him.
“It’s just too bad that somebody is on the way to a career that we would rather put an end to,” said Holmes.
The suspect who took the bike is described as Caucasian with blonde, shaved hair and a freckled complexion. He is 5’4″ with a stocky build and was wearing a grey tee shirt and black sweatpants, and was also in possession of a child’s purple bicycle. The second suspect was said to have been on a skateboard, but no other description was provided.
The BMX bike has white rims and stickers on the frame. Police are asking anyone with information to please call the Kelowna RCMP at (250)762-3300 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS).