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Kamloops police briefs: 70-year-old man charged with robbery

Mounties also reunited a stolen vehicle with its owner 
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70-year-old with lengthy criminal past charged with robbery

A septuagenarian has been charged with robbery and using an imitation firearm three months after a robbery was committed in downtown Kamloops.

Ronald Anthony Kuz, 70, of Kamloops is facing the charges in connection with the Oct. 22 robbery of a retail business in the 200-block of Victoria Street.

Kamloops Mounties were called to the store just before 5:30 p.m.after the suspect made off with a sum of cash from the register.

Mounties got a description of the suspect and Kuz, a man known to police, was arrested the next day.

The robbery involved a male suspect wearing a pandemic-related face mask who demanded money from the employee manning the till while holding an apparent gun, according to former police officer and downtown business improvement association executive director Carl DeSantis, who spoke with KTW at the time. DeSantis told KTW he had viewed security footage from the robbed business.

Kuz has a lengthy criminal record dating back two decades, but it had been clean for the past seven years. The rap sheet consists of six theft under $5,000 charges between 2001 and 2003, drug trafficking convictions from 2005 and 2008 and a possession of stolen property conviction in 2013 — the last criminal offence to date on his record. 

Arrest made minutes after stolen vehicle sped away

A Kamloops man is in custody after police responded to an erratic driving complaint involving a vehicle that was reported stolen.

Just after 11:20 a.m. on Jan. 16, Mounties received a complaint about the vehicle, which was travelling on Summit Drive. Minutes later, police were contacted by the vehicle’s driver, who had just watched it being driven away from the 100-block of Vernon Avenue in North Kamloops.

Officers then caught up to the vehicle in the 1400-block of Summit Drive and arrested the man behind the wheel.

Craig Curtis Kopichanski, 30, of Kamloops, is charged with one count each of motor vehicle theft, dangerous driving and driving while disqualified. He was also arrested on a warrant for failure to comply with a probation order and was remanded in custody until Jan. 31

Anyone with information related to this investigation is asked to contact the Kamloops RCMP at 250-828-3000 and reference file 2022-1663.

Suspect snagged from bathroom

Kamloops Mounties got their man out of the bathroom of a Sahali business earlier this month — and he is now facing charges.

Eric Andy Conrad Noble, 41, of Kamloops is charged with break and enter, committing an indictable offence and possession of stolen property in connection with a break-in and theft report from June of last year at a residence on Larch Avenue in North Kamloops.

At approximately 8:15 p.m. on Jan. 14, officers responded to a business in the 900-block of Columbia Street West for a report of a man who was in the washroom, refusing to leave. Officers arrived and found Noble, who they had received an arrest warrant for earlier that day in connection with last June’s burglary.

Noble was held in custody for a bail hearing the next day, Jan. 15, and released from custody with conditions and a Feb. 24 court date.