Home-invasion victims appear targeted
Kamloops Mounties are on the hunt for two masked men after a downtown home invasion this week.
RCMP Sgt. Scott Wilson said police were called to a home in the 700-block of Columbia Street at about 6 a.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 18, after a pair of men forced their way into the house and corralled the four residents into a bedroom at gunpoint.
Investigators believe the culprits then proceeded to make off with a flat-screen TV, numerous other pieces of electronics and some cash.
Wilson said the home invasion appears to have been targeted, but Mounties don’t believe the victims were involved in criminal activity, as is often the case in such incidents.
“It doesn’t sound like it’s drugs,” he said, adding police don’t believe the victims knew the suspects.
“It sounds like there was a fair bit of valuable property and cash in the house and somehow that information slipped out to the wrong parties.
“We believe that the wrong people were aware of that, but we don’t
know who the wrong people are at this time.”
Wilson said the incident should serve as a reminder to local homeowners to be careful with their belongings.
“If you are keeping cash or valuable items, that’s not something I’d be broadcasting to everybody,” he said.
The suspects are white men in their mid-20s and had their faces covered with bandanas during the raid.
Both stood approximately six feet and weighed roughly 170 pounds.
The thieves fled in a dark-coloured, four-door Toyota Tacoma pickup truck, possibly with writing or decals on the side doors.
Anyone with information can call Kamloops RCMP at 250-828-3000 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS.