Machete-wielding bandits strike on Kamloops North Shore

By James Peters
March 1, 2016 - 5:02am Updated: March 1, 2016 - 12:12pm

KAMLOOPS — Kamloops RCMP are investigating a frightening overnight robbery on Tranquille Road.

Cpl. Jodi Shelkie says it happened at about 1:35 a.m. as a man was walking between Yew Street and Aspen Street.

Shelkie says the victim was approached by three men, one of them brandishing a machete.

They made off with the man's wallet and cell phone, and while a police dog tracked the suspects for about half an hour, the dog lost the track around Kitchener Crescent.

Shelkie says RCMP are looking for the public's help in identifying the culprits.

"It's a concern that this person has a machete and that they're willing to pull it out and brandish it when they're doing a robbery," said Shelkie. "Luckily it wasn't used, and we just want to make sure that we catch these people and make sure we get that machete off the [street]."

Shelkie notes one of the suspects is described as 5'11", between ages 18 and 25, having darker skin and wearing a grey hoodie with a flat-brimmed ball cap.

Another suspect was thinner and wearing a black hoodie.

If you know anything about the robbery or the suspects, call Kamloops RCMP or Crime Stoppers.

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