Mounties bust suspected thief, investigate armed robbery

Crime certainly hasn’t taken a holiday in Revelstoke what with an armed robbery at the Shell station on Sunday and the arrest on Friday of a Cranbrook man suspected to breaking into an Airport Way home.

The armed robbery occurred Sunday evening at about 9 pm when, according to witnesses, a man walked into the gas station brandishing a sawed-off shotgun and demanded money from the till. When he was given the cash the he fled on foot between the Shell Station and the Super 8 Motel. The suspect made off with several hundred dollars. A police dog from Vernon was summoned to the scene as were officers from the Revelstoke Forensic Identification Services.

The suspect is described as a white male 5’8″ to 5’10” and in his early 20s. He was wearing a brown hoodie, a white ball cap, black pants and he had a bandana over his face.

As the RCMP continue their investigation into that incident, they can be proud of the fact that they nailed a 38-year-old Cranbrook man after he was found in possession of property that had been stolen during a break-and-enter about a week ago.

The break-and-enter, which occurred in the 1800 block of Airport Way, was reported to police on Nov. 4 when the owners returned home to find their front door had been forced open. Once inside they discovered that thousands of dollars worth of jewelry was missing. Witnesses in the area saw a suspicious vehicle depart the residence earlier in the day.

On Nov. 7 officers observed a vehicle matching the description of the vehicle seen departing the residence. The vehicle was stopped and a man and woman were arrested. A subsequent search of the vehicle located some of the stolen items.

The man and the 46-year old-female from Lake Country are facing charges of break-and-enter, possession of stolen property under $5,000 and possession of break-in instruments. The woman was released from custody and will appear in Revelstoke Provincial Court on Feb. 3to answer to the charges. The man was to appear in Salmon Arm Provincial Court Monday.

If you have information on these, or any other crimes, contact your local RCMP Detachment at (250)837-5255 or to remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or leave your information anonymously online at You do not have to reveal your identity to Crime Stoppers. If you provide information to Crime Stoppers that leads to an arrest, or a conviction or the recovery of stolen property or the seizure of illicit drugs, you could be eligible for a cash reward.