RCMP release new pics of suspect

UPDATE:

Kelowna RCMP continue their attempts to positively identify a shoplifting suspect who reportedly brandished a knife in order to avoid apprehension by store staff in mid-December.

Investigators are now releasing two additional images of their suspect, since turned over to police.

Photograph 1: Image captured on video surveillance of the suspect inside the grocery store. The suspect is described as a Caucasian male, approximately 6 feet tall, wearing a dark coloured hoodie, a grey baseball cap, a baggy pair of pants, a pair of black shoes with white soles and carrying a black bag.;

ORIGINAL STORY:

Police seek the public’s help to identify a shoplifting suspect who allegedly brandished a knife when confronted by store staff.

On December 13, 2018 at 9:11 pm, RCMP received a report of a theft just committed at the Safeway located in the 2300 block of Highway 97 in Kelowna. Police have learned that the unknown suspect entered the grocery store and was observed by staff who witnessed the male conceal a number of raw meat items.

“Store employees chose to confront the male in an effort to prevent the theft,” states RCMP Cpl. Jesse O’Donaghey. “Those employees were forced to back off, when the suspect brandished a knife, allowing him to flee on foot with the unpaid merchandise.”

Staff followed the suspect at a distance on foot towards Underhill Street, where they eventually lost sight of him. Patrols for the male made by police were negative.

The suspect is described as a Caucasian male, approximately 6 feet tall, wearing a dark coloured hoodie, a grey baseball cap, a baggy pair of pants, a pair of black shoes with white soles and carrying a black bag.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact the Kelowna RCMP at 250-762-3300. Or remain completely anonymous by calling Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or by leaving a tip online at www.crimestoppers.net