Trio bear-sprays employees in Kamloops liquor store robbery

The violent hold-up occurred at about 10:50 p.m. on April 7 when two men and a woman walked into a liquor store in the 900-block of West Columbia Street.

Kamloops Mounties are searching for three suspects who bear-sprayed employees of a liquor store during a robbery on Wednesday night (April 7).

The violent hold-up occurred at about 10:50 p.m. when two men and a woman walked into the Sahali Liquor Store in the rear of Sahali Mall in the 900-block of West Columbia Street. The trio grabbed between 15 and 20 bottles of hard liquor and a box of alcoholic ice tea, approached the cash register, then sprayed both employees in the face with suspected bear spray before fleeing.

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Const. Crystal Evelyn said officers responded with a police tracking dog team, noting evidence was found, but the suspects got away. She said police are reviewing surveillance in the area.

“If you noticed anyone walking or running away from the area around that time of night, or maybe your neighbour and their friends came home with in inordinate number of liquor bottles, please let us know,” Evelyn said.

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These images of the trio that robbed the Sahali Liquor store on April 7, 2021, come from surveillance video. This image shows the back of the female suspect.

One male suspect is white, tall and lanky and was wearing darker clothes and a red and white or white bandana as a mask.

The second male suspect is possibly Indigenous, shorter than his partner in crime and was wearing darker clothing.

The female suspect is heavyset and possibly Indigenous, in her mid-30s. She stand about 5-foot-3, had long, black, unkempt hair and very dirty hands. She was said by staff to have a “Canadian” accent (possibly an emphasis on the hard "A). She was wearing a mask, a large, baggy black hoodie and baggy black pants.

Anybody with information is asked to call Kamloops RCMP at 250-828-3000 and reference file 21-10918.

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