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Arrest follows woman pulling knife on store employee in Kamloops

Police say a woman tried to leave a store in Sahali with unpaid merchandise and, when confronted by an employee, flashed a knife
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A suspected knife-wielding robber who tried to avoid arrest by seeking out vegetation was arrested on Tuesday evening (July 5) following an armed robbery in Sahali.

Shortly after 10 p.m., Kamloops Mounties responded to a store in the 1200-block of Summit Drive, where a woman had attempted to leave with unpaid merchandise, then pulled out a knife when an employee tried to stop her.

The 1200-block of Summit Drive is home to stores in the Columbia Place Shopping Centre, which include The Lounge game store, Save-on-Foods and Shoppers Drug Mart, all of which would have been open or about to close at the time of the theft.

“A description of the suspect was provided to responding officers, who were able to locate her hiding in a bush nearby,” Kamloops RCMP Cpl. Crystal Evelyn said in a release. 

The suspect was also wanted on a warrant and was arrested for that as well. She was held in custody for a court appearance on Wednesday.

Anyone who witnessed the incident or has information about it is asked to call Kamloops RCMP at 250-828-3000 and reference file 2022-22969.