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(Update - Thursday, 11:30 a.m.): Kelowna RCMP have released more information on a public police take down near Spall Road on Wednesday.
According to police, members of the RCMP Emergency Response Team took down a 23-year-old Kelowna man believed to be responsible for a series of thefts and armed robberies in recent days across the Central Okanagan.
The first of those alleged robberies took place on Saturday, June 15, at a convenience store located in the 3000-block of Shannon Lake Road in West Kelowna.
The following day on Sunday, June 16, the man allegedly robbed a convenience store located in the 5300-block of Main Street in Kelowna.
On Tuesday, June 18, at the Mac’s Convenience Store located in the 1000-block of Glenmore Road, the man allegedly stole the cash register drawer while yielding a knife.
“Due to the suspects escalating violent behaviour, covert plain clothes operators were tasked with bringing him into custody safely,” stated Cpl. Jesse O’Donaghey.
“Those members of the RCMP Street Enforcement Team located their target Wednesday afternoon in Kelowna. To ensure public and police safety, a coordinated arrest was carried out by the Emergency Response Team, supported by additional front line officers, a police canine and even an aircraft.”
The Kelowna man was also wanted on a Provincial wide warrant on an unrelated matter.
(Original Story): A large police presence has been reported outside of The Battery Doctors store on Windsor Road.
According to a KelownaNow reader, the RCMP Emergency Response team executed a car takedown in front of the store around 5 p.m.
The police reportedly threw multiple noise grenades and were assisted by police dogs and a tactical team.
KelownaNow will update this story as more information becomes available.