A woman brandishing a Japanese short sword called a wakizashi robbed the Big Eddy Market early Tuesday morning but was captured by police after the victim, and other nearby residents, chased her to a private home.
Local RCMP said the incident began at approximately 8:30 am when a lone female entered the Big Eddy Market, the blade and robbed the lone employee of the proceeds of the till. When she left the store the employee took chase while a customer called the police.
A statement from Staff Sgt. Jacquie Olsen said a couple of witnesses assisted with the pursuit until police arrived and continued the chase. “She went into an unrelated person’s home in an attempt to hide,” Olsen said. “Once the residence was secured, she adhered to police requests and exited the home without incident. All monies and the short sword were recovered.”
A 32-year-old local resident was arrested by police, and is being held in custody until she can make an appearance in Salmon Arm Provincial Court or via the JJP Remand Centre.
No one was injured during this incident and police would like to commend the actions of the those that assisted in following her until our arrival. Revelstoke Victim Services is working with those involved.
In an unrelated incident, meanwhile circuit cameras at Cooper’s Foods caught a Caucasian male in his mid-to-late 20s snatch a lady’s purse from an unattended shopping cart.
The man, described has having a goatee and shaved head, wearing a black hoodie with a large silk-screened number 686 the front. The purse was green and had a daisy flower design on it.
He fled, accompanied by a woman with long dark hair, in a newer model Ford Focus. He was believed to be east-bound on the Trans Canada Highway.
If you, or someone you know has any information about this crime, please contact the Revelstoke RCMP at 250-837-5255 or call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.