Kamloops police investigate Valentine's Day robbery-turned-kidnapping

A woman was kidnapped was later found unharmed.

A Kamloops RCMP investigation on Valentine's Day was a robbery-turned-kidnapping, the force revealed Friday.
Mounties say two men and one woman were robbed by two men with firearms early Thursday (Feb. 14), in downtown Kamloops.
Cpl. Jodi Shelkie said after the robbery, it's believed the suspects took the woman against her will in one of the other victim's vehicles.
"Through subsequent investigation, it was learned that the suspects may attend a residence on Dallas Drive," she says in a press release.
The Dallas Drive home had been ransacked and was empty, according to authorities.
The victim's stolen vehicle was later located empty in an area near Barnhartvale Road and Highway 97.
The investigation led police to an address in Kelowna, on Bernard Avenue. The kidnapped woman was not there but one of the robbery suspects was arrested, says Shelkie.
The woman was located today (Feb. 15) in a vehicle going from Kelowna to Kamloops. RCMP stopped the vehicle near Falkland.
"Officers arrested a male and a female suspect and located the kidnapped female," says Shelkie. "Thankfully, the woman was uninjured. Firearms were also seized from this vehicle."
Shelkie thanks the community and media for their patience during the unfolding situation, noting while the slow leak of information to the public may have been perceived as a lack of communication, it was a "measured, operational strategy."
"First and foremost, our concern was for the woman who had been kidnapped," says Shelkie. "The danger that she was in cannot be overemphasized. Officers knew that the suspects were armed. It was unknown what their intent was regarding her life. Few details could be released to the media to protect our investigation and ultimately, help get this woman back to safety."
Mounties are still working to identify and locate the second suspect involved in the robbery.
"It is clear this was a targeted crime and involved participants in the local Kamloops drug trade," reads the release.
The case has been forwarded to the B.C. Prosecution Service for charges. "Numerous serious charges" are expected against the suspect cuffed in Kelowna.
-A Kamloops RCMP investigation on Valentine's Day was a robbery-turned-kidnapping, the force revealed Friday.

Mounties say two men and one woman were robbed by two men with firearms early Thursday (Feb. 14), in downtown Kamloops.

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Cpl. Jodi Shelkie said after the robbery, it's believed the suspects took the woman against her will in one of the other victim's vehicles.

"Through subsequent investigation, it was learned that the suspects may attend a residence on Dallas Drive," she says in a press release.

The Dallas Drive home had been ransacked and was empty, according to authorities.

The victim's stolen vehicle was later located empty in an area near Barnhartvale Road and Highway 97.

The investigation led police to an address in Kelowna, on Bernard Avenue. The kidnapped woman was not there but one of the robbery suspects was arrested, says Shelkie.

The woman was located today (Feb. 15) in a vehicle going from Kelowna to Kamloops. RCMP stopped the vehicle near Falkland.

"Officers arrested a male and a female suspect and located the kidnapped female," says Shelkie. "Thankfully, the woman was uninjured. Firearms were also seized from this vehicle."

Shelkie thanks the community and media for their patience during the unfolding situation, noting while the slow leak of information to the public may have been perceived as a lack of communication, it was a "measured, operational strategy."

"First and foremost, our concern was for the woman who had been kidnapped," says Shelkie. "The danger that she was in cannot be overemphasized. Officers knew that the suspects were armed. It was unknown what their intent was regarding her life. Few details could be released to the media to protect our investigation and ultimately, help get this woman back to safety."

Mounties are still working to identify and locate the second suspect involved in the robbery.

"It is clear this was a targeted crime and involved participants in the local Kamloops drug trade," reads the release.

The case has been forwarded to the B.C. Prosecution Service for charges. "Numerous serious charges" are expected against the suspect cuffed in Kelowna.A Kamloops RCMP investigation on Valentine's Day was a robbery-turned-kidnapping, the force revealed Friday.

 

Mounties say two men and one woman were robbed by two men with firearms early Thursday (Feb. 14), in downtown Kamloops.

Cpl. Jodi Shelkie said after the robbery, it's believed the suspects took the woman against her will in one of the other victim's vehicles.

"Through subsequent investigation, it was learned that the suspects may attend a residence on Dallas Drive," she says in a press release.

The Dallas Drive home had been ransacked and was empty, according to authorities.

The victim's stolen vehicle was later located empty in an area near Barnhartvale Road and Highway 97.

The investigation led police to an address in Kelowna, on Bernard Avenue. The kidnapped woman was not there but one of the robbery suspects was arrested, says Shelkie.

The woman was located today (Feb. 15) in a vehicle going from Kelowna to Kamloops. RCMP stopped the vehicle near Falkland.

"Officers arrested a male and a female suspect and located the kidnapped female," says Shelkie. "Thankfully, the woman was uninjured. Firearms were also seized from this vehicle."

Shelkie thanks the community and media for their patience during the unfolding situation, noting while the slow leak of information to the public may have been perceived as a lack of communication, it was a "measured, operational strategy."

"First and foremost, our concern was for the woman who had been kidnapped," says Shelkie. "The danger that she was in cannot be overemphasized. Officers knew that the suspects were armed. It was unknown what their intent was regarding her life. Few details could be released to the media to protect our investigation and ultimately, help get this woman back to safety."

Mounties are still working to identify and locate the second suspect involved in the robbery.

"It is clear this was a targeted crime and involved participants in the local Kamloops drug trade," reads the release.

The case has been forwarded to the B.C. Prosecution Service for charges. "Numerous serious charges" are expected against the suspect cuffed in Kelowna.

 

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