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Shoplifter has allegedly stolen $20K worth of goods from Kelowna businesses this month

The Kelowna RCMP is hoping the public can help track down a man accused of shoplifting thousands of dollars worth of merchandise from local stores.

He entered police’s radar earlier this month after a shoplifting incident at a liquor store in the 2000 block of Hwy 33 around 6:15 pm on Nov. 10.

According to the RCMP, the man concealed a “very expensive bottle of premium liquor” and left the store without paying for it.

While watching CCTV footage of other recent shoplifting incidents, police soon identified the man as a suspect in multiple other thefts from local hardware and music stores.

<who>Photo Credit: RCMP

“This individual appears to have stolen close to $20,000 in merchandise from three stores alone in the last couple weeks,” said Cpl. Michael Gauthier.

“It would be reasonable to believe he’s committing thefts elsewhere and we need your help. If you know who this is, please let us know. Moreover, if this person has stolen from your business, please let us know and report it.”

Police provided the following description of the man based on footage from the liquor store theft:

  • Olive-skinned male
  • Mid 30s to early 40s
  • Medium to heavy build
  • Short and groomed black hair
  • Black framed glasses
  • Black coloured vest
  • Grey khaki pants

In the other two incidents at the hardware and music stores, the man was reportedly wearing the same glasses and vest with a camouflage jacket and toque.

Police also pointed out that he appears to have a very distinct tattoo on the right side of his neck and throat.

Anyone who can identify this man or has further information that could advance the investigation is urged to contact the Kelowna RCMP at 250-762-3300 and reference file 2023-67181.

You can also report tips anonymously to Crime Stoppers by calling 1-800-222-8477.

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