Two pepper-spray attacks on store employees in Kamloops

The first incident occurred in the morning of Dec. 31 at the Westsyde Home Hardware store. A second incident took place on the afternoon of Jan. 1 at the Winners store in Southgate.

The search continues for a man who stole from the Home Hardware store in Westsyde on Dec. 31, pepper spraying two employees as he fled from the business.

Employee Tony Denbigh said the man walked into the store in the Westsyde Shopping Centre, at Westsyde Road and Overlander Drive, at just after 10 a.m. and approached the counter. From there, he took off with a case containing a Makita Drill set and a screwgun with batteries, along with a filet knife, all of which sells for about $350.

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Denbigh said the man, who in surveillance video appears to stand between six feet and six-foot-two, sprayed one employee from two or three feet as she followed him out the door, with the residual spray impacting a second employee.

Denbigh said the man appeared to be acting alone and it is unknown whether he fled on foot or in a vehicle.

While the surveillance video images are not as clear as desired, anybody who can identify the suspect is asked to contact Kamloops RCMP at 250-828-3000.

Westsyde Home Hardware shoplifter pepper spray
Westsyde Home Hardware shoplifter pepper spray

On Jan. 1, another pepper-spraying incident occurred at the Winners store, across the river in Southgate, where a man sprayed employees at just after 5 p.m. after attempting to steal clothes.

When employees confronted the man near the store entrance, he pepper sprayed them. The man is white, stands about 5-foot-6 and has a facial tattoo. He was last seen wearing a red hoodie, baggy black jeans and a grey bucket hat.

Anybody with information on his identity is asked to call police at 250-828-3000.

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