Thieves use pepper spray to steal ATM at Spirit Ridge

Video surveillance footage  shows security guard being pepper sprayed by alleged robber in lobby of Spirit Ridge Resort.  - Submitted
Video surveillance footage shows security guard being pepper sprayed by alleged robber in lobby of Spirit Ridge Resort.
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Osoyoos RCMP have released images of a pair of brazen robbers making off with an ATM machine Friday from one of the South Okanagan’s largest resorts.

It was 4 a.m. on Feb. 21 when the two suspects entered the front lobby of Spirit Ridge Resort in Osoyoos, where the only person on duty was the front desk security guard.

The image shows the first suspect using pepper spray to blind the resort employee. The second suspect wasn’t far behind, carrying a red dolly.

With the guard incapacitated by the bear spray, the thieves made their way past the front desk and loaded up the ATM machine onto their dolly, removing it out the back door.

The stills are drawn from video surveillance of the robbery seized by the Osoyoos RCMP.

Both suspects were wearing dark clothing, with hoodies and their faces covered.

The Osoyoos detachment later received a call of the ATM being found on Mt. Baldy Road.

It had been pried open and all of the money had been stolen.

The RCMP have also stated that the Town of Osoyoos and Spirit Ridge Resort are both safe and family friendly locations.

“Violent robberies and the theft of ATM machines are not a common occurrence in this area which makes us believe the suspects targeted this ATM machine and had knowledge of the surrounding area,” said Corporal Jason Brayda in a release.

“The Osoyoos RCMP are working tirelessly to identify those responsible for this robbery and are following up on every possible lead.”

Anyone recognizing the suspects from the images provided having information about the robbery can contact the Osoyoos RCMP at 250-495-7236 and quote file 2014-643, or to remain anonymous please call Crime Stoppers.


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