Kamloops RCMP arrest suspect in robbery of Australian tourist

By James Peters
September 13, 2017 - 8:44am Updated: September 13, 2017 - 3:44pm

KAMLOOPS — UPDATED (Sept. 13, 3:45 p.m.):

Kamloops RCMP have arrested a suspect in the robbery of an Australian tourist, just hours after releasing a photo to the public.

The robbery happened last Thursday, September 7, near the corner of Third Avenue and Lansdowne Street.

Police released a set of surveillance photos through local media Wednesday morning, and that seemed to do the trick.

Cpl. Jodi Shelkie says police received several tips throughout the day, and say they located and arrested their suspect before long.

He is a 37 year old man, previously known to police, and he will appear before a judge tomorrow.

Shelkie thanks the public for their support and help in tracking the man down.

 

EARLIER: RCMP have released surveillance photos of the suspect in a downtown robbery last week.

The suspect is alleged to have snatched a purse from an elderly Australian tourist on the evening of Sept. 7, near the intersection of Third Avenue and Lansdowne Street.

Police initially described the suspect as white, 5'9" to 5'11" tall, slim build, wearing jean shorts, a black t-shirt, and a beige hat on backwards.

The photo, though, shows the suspect wearing a blue hat facing forward.

If you know anything about the suspect or the robbery, you're asked to contact Kamloops RCMP at (250) 828-3000 or Crime Stoppers at 1 (800) 222-8477.

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