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UPDATED: Investigation leads to arrest of hammer yielding robbery suspect in Kimberley

Kimberley RCMP assisted in both the criminal investigation and the woman’s arrest, which was without incident.

RCMP in the Columbia Valley are pleased to share that as a result of collaborative investigative efforts, combined with information received from the general public, a suspect has since been identified and arrested, in connection to Wednesday’s armed robbery.

On February 14, 2020 Columbia Valley RCMP officers travelled to Kimberley where they tracked down and arrested a 58-year-old Kimberley woman, identified as the suspect allegedly responsible for the robbery of the Dairy Queen in Invermere.

Kimberley RCMP assisted in both the criminal investigation and the woman’s arrest, which was without incident.

The Columbia Valley RCMP wish to extend their thanks to all those who aided in their investigation, said Cpl. Jesse O’Donaghey, RCMP Southeast District.

 

The woman faces a number of potential charges as a result of the incident. She has since been released on strict conditions and is expected to appear in court at a later date.

RCMP seek to identify Invermere ice-cream-store robbery suspect 

 

RCMP is releasing images of an unknown suspect captured on video surveillance, in an effort to further an investigation into a robbery of a local restaurant carried out Wednesday evening in Invermere.

On Feb. 12, shortly after 8 p.m., Columbia Valley RCMP received a report of a robbery just committed at the Dairy Queen located in Invermere. Investigators have determined that the lone female suspect entered the restaurant brandishing a hammer, while demanding cash.

That suspect exited from the restaurant, with an undisclosed amount of currency, to a nearby location where she entered into a small passenger car and fled the area, states Cpl. Jesse O’Donaghey, spokesperson for the RCMP Southeast District.

The suspect has been described to police as a Caucasian female, approximately 50-55 years of age, of medium to heavy build, with long blonde hair. She was seen on video surveillance wearing all dark clothing, dark running shoes, carrying a hammer and wrapped herself with a large yellow blanket.

The employees are being offered support by RCMP Victim Services. Thankfully no one was injured during this incident, adds Cpl. O’Donaghey.

Surveillance images show the unknown female suspect, described as a Caucasian female, approximately 50-55 years of age, of medium to heavy build, with long blonde hair. She is seen wearing all dark clothing, dark running shoes, carrying a hammer and had wrapped herself with a large yellow blanket.

Any witnesses who have not yet spoken to police, or anyone with any additional information is urged to contact the Columbia Valley RCMP Detachment at 250-342-9292. Or if you wish to remain completely anonymous you are asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 with your tip information.