Kamloops Mounties are trying to track down a woman who chased a store employee with a hammer as she made off with stolen goods.
Police were called to the theft in the 1000-block of Hillside Drive in Southgate — home to the SmartCentre shopping centre, with shops such as Michaels, Walmart and EB Games — on Feb. 13 at 8:20 p.m.
An employee said he was chased through the store by a woman with a hammer after she was confronted while attempting to steal hundreds of dollars of merchandise. The suspect also allegedly threatened to stab the employee.
Police patrolled the area, viewed surveillance video and seized evidence related to the offence, but have yet to track down a suspect.
“We are releasing the suspect’s image in hopes that someone identifies her or, better still, she does the right thing and turns herself in,” Const. Crystal Evelyn said.
The suspect is a white female with red hair. She is between 25 and 30 years of age and was wearing a black coat, black pants and black shoes. She was carrying a pink and blue backpack.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Kamloops RCMP at 250-828-3000 and reference file 2021-4716.
Arrest warrant leads to seizure of drugs and weapons
Kamloops Mounties seized cash, drugs and a baton during the recent arrest of a man wanted in connection with drug trafficking offences.
On Feb. 17, at about 10:45 p.m., officers found a man wanted on a warrant in the 1100-block of West Columbia Street in Sahali. During a search that followed the arrest, police found more than 160 grams of suspected fentanyl, methamphetamine, crack cocaine and other drugs, as well as thousands of dollars in cash, drug paraphernalia and a collapsible baton.
All items were seized as part of an ongoing investigation.
Police recover items stolen in smash-grab theft
A shopping cart full of stolen merchandise was found by police who responded to an alarm at a business on the 1300-block of Hillside Drive in Dufferin, where a glass front door had been smashed open.
Mounties responded on Feb. 18 at about 12:30 a.m., and found a rock that had apparently been used to break open the glass front door.
The 1300-block of Hillside Drive is home to businesses that include City Furniture, Josto Computers, Staples, Chapters, Rogue Style Hair & Beauty and Moores.
Surveillance footage revealed a man clad in black broke the glass, entered the store with a shopping cart, filled it up and left — but apparently ditched it at some point.
The suspect was last reported heading northbound on Hillside Drive. Some two kilometres away on Camosun Crescent in Southgate, police recovered the shopping cart loaded with product, which was returned to the store.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Kamloops RCMP at 250-828-3000 and reference file 21-5152.