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RCMP, ERT execute search warrant in Chase following illegal pot shop robbery in Kamloops

Investigators from Kelowna ERT and Kamloops Targeted Enforcement Unit survey the scene following the warrant execution. (via RCMP)

A search warrant linked to last week's robbery of an illegal pot shop in downtown Kamloops was executed in Chase today (March 14).

Mounties from Kamloops and Chase, along with the Emergency Response Team, executed the search warrant around noon at a rural property on the Adams Lake Indian Band.

The raid follows the March 8 robbery of Phyven Medicinal Cannabis Dispensary, located on Victoria Street. Two masked men entered the store around 6:30 p.m. that evening; one had a knife and one had a long-barrelled firearm.

Both suspects fled the scene with cash and cannabis products and took off in a pickup truck that was previously reported stolen from the Chase area. No shots were fired and no one was injured.

armored truckArmoured vehicles were dispatched for this afternoon's raid. (via Johnny Walker)
"Given the nature of the original offence in Kamloops, there was some concerns for police safety, so that's why the emergency response team was called in, for a high-risk situation," Sgt. Barry Kennedy with the Chase RCMP tells KamloopsMatters.

"Violent robberies are taken very seriously and investigators will follow the leads wherever they go," says Kamloops RCMP Staff Sgt. Simon Pillay in a press release. "Today, the Kamloops Targeted Enforcement Unit, Crime Reduction Unit and general duty investigators worked closely with Chase detachment investigators to take this case to its next step. Once again, the Kelowna-based Emergency Response Team was used to ensure the safest possible outcome for all parties involved."

Police say the investigation is ongoing and that no further updates on arrests or criminal charges will be provided at this time.


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