Vernon-North Okanagan RCMP are asking the public help in identifying the people in surveillance photos from two North Okanagan businesses where robberies were attempted Nov. 30.
“Officers have spoken to witnesses and they have not been able to identify the suspects and are asking the public’s help,” said RCMP spokesperson Gord Molendyk.
On Friday, Nov. 30, two robberies occurred in the Armstrong and Enderby area.
The first was an attempted robbery at Enderby Jewellers. The first suspect, wearing the “CANADA” hoody in the photo, produced a firearm and fled the store after demanding jewelry. He did not receive any from the clerk. The second person of interest, wearing the fedora-style hat in the photo, fled the store while the robbery was occurring.
The first suspect is described as six-feet, 180-pounds, 20-25 years old and tanned skin. He entered the store wearing a black Olympic-style hooded sweatshirt with CANADA written in white and black pants and produced a dark-coloured handgun.
The second suspect, or person of interest, entered Enderby Jewellers about five minutes prior to the first suspect, and may have been involved in the incident.
“He ran out of the store mid-robbery and the first suspect ran out after him,” said Molendyk.
The second person is described as being a Caucasian man, about 5-foot-10, slim, late 40s to 50s in age, with a reddish-toned goatee and wearing a black fedora-style hat. He also had on a beige-white long-sleeved shirt, black leather vest and grey pants.
Several hours later, the Anchor Inn Liquor Store in Armstrong was robbed.
Two Caucasian men in their 40s entered the store and stole an undisclosed amount of cash, cigarettes and liquor.
“The suspects fled the store in a vehicle stolen from the clerk,” said Molendyk.
The vehicle is a 1988 red Chrysler Fifth Avenue with B.C. licence plate no. 540TVK.
The first suspect wore a grey-blue winter jacket, was Caucasian, about six-feet with medium build, black gloves, black ball cap with white writing pulled low over his face.
The second suspect is described as a Caucasian man, six-foot-two, slender build, no facial hair observer though a collar was pulled up quite high, short and shaggy hair. He wore a red snowsuit, black gloves and a dark toque.
Anybody with any information on the identities of these suspects is asked to call the Vernon-North Okanagan RCMP at 250-545-7171, Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or leave a tip on the local Crime Stoppers’ website: www.nokscrimestoppers.com.