Armed robber in Penticton makes off with money, prescription drugs

A man with a firearm and in disguise made off with money and prescription pills from The Medicine Shoppe Pharmacy on Thursday morning.

Penticton RCMP

Penticton RCMP

A man with a firearm made off with money and prescription pills from The Medicine Shoppe Pharmacy on Thursday.

RCMP said a lone male entered through the front entrance around 10 a.m. and confronted two employees taking pills and money before exiting out the back door.

The RCMP Dog Service team attended and was able to track the suspect for several blocks, however, they were unsuccessful in locating the male.

Michael Kidd, pharmacist and owner of The Medicine Shoppe which is located in the Penticton Power Centre near the SuperStore, said he was not in the store at the time but his two staff that were confronted by the man were shaken up.

“This is the first time something like this has happened here. I was worried about my staff when I was told what happened. It is always surprising when something like this happens,” said Kidd, who gave the two staff members the weekend off.

Kidd confirmed the robber who confronted the staff members had a handgun and there was no customers in the store at that time. He said he is not sure what type prescription drugs were stolen at this time

Sgt. Kurt Lozinski said the suspect is described as wearing a white bandana with black design, sunglasses and a black ball cap with white skull design, baggy jean pants and a gray hoodie. RCMP are asking for the community’s assistance in identifying the person(s) responsible for this incident.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Penticton RCMP at 250-492-4300 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or text SOSTIPS to 274637 (CRIMES).