RCMP search for knife-wielding thief

Penticton RCMP are looking for a man who robbed a local gas station early this morning.

Penticton RCMP are looking for a man who robbed a local gas station early this morning.

Just before 6 a.m., a man entered the Shell gas station on Fairview Road in Penticton brandishing a knife and stole the cash drawer before fleeing in an older red two-door car.

RCMP say the gas station employee called them at 5:54 a.m. to report the crime. When police arrived on scene they found the lone employee safe and uninjured.

The clerk reported the man entered the store holding a knife and with his face covered with a white cloth. He did not threaten the employee but jumped over the counter, took the cash drawer and ran out of the store.

The male departed in an older red car, possibly a Honda Civic. A plate number was obtained but came back as registered to a different vehicle.

A red Honda Civic was reported stolen the previous evening from the Penticton Community Centre parking lot and RCMP suspect this may be the same car.

The suspect male is described as being 165 cm (5’5”) tall, Caucasian and of a stocky build. He was wearing a black three-quarter length jacket, black jeans and a black toque with a white stripe.

Penticton RCMP are seeking the public’s assistance in identifying the male responsible for this robbery. If you have any information, please contact Cst. Trina Rae at 250-492-4300 or Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

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