RCMP are investigating a midday theft Thursday, Dec. 17, of three handguns from Eagle Industires Ltd. on Kalamalka Lake Road. (Morning Star - file photo)

RCMP are investigating a midday theft Thursday, Dec. 17, of three handguns from Eagle Industires Ltd. on Kalamalka Lake Road. (Morning Star - file photo)

Okanagan gun shop rattled by midday theft

Pair of thieves make off with three handguns from Eagle Industries Ltd. in Vernon Dec. 17

A brazen midday theft Thursday, Dec. 17, resulted in three handguns being swiped from a local store.

Two people wearing baseball caps and COVID masks entered Eagle Industries Ltd.’s gun shop on Kalamalka Lake Road in the middle of the afternoon.

Owner Dave Brown said the pair walked in and spent about 10 minutes browsing, which is not uncommon, he said, amongst his clientele. Staff kept an eye on the two individuals and asked questions but the pair left the store.

A group of three, followed by a group of two, regular customers of the store, then came in. Right after that, the two individuals in earlier re-entered the store.

“While our staff was busy with the customers, these two lifted up the glass on a display case and took out one handgun,” said Brown. “They made their way down the case, lifted another piece of glass and took two more handguns.”

As they were placing the glass down on the second case, a thud could be heard in the store. That’s when Brown’s employee and son Marcus said to the pair, “Hey, what are you guys doing?”

The pair then bolted toward the exit, knocking over a small display case and almost running into another person. They were seen getting into a light grey Dodge minivan.

“It was obvious they didn’t know the town because they headed down a cul-de-sac, came back blazing through traffic and headed south toward Kal Lake,” said Brown.

Employees called 911 and police were at the store within minutes of the call. RCMP deployed their helicopter to search for the van, which was unsuccessful.

In a stroke of luck, the shop’s cleaning lady had been in just prior to the robbery and had cleaned the glass displays, so RCMP were able to lift fingerprints.

Brown said Monday, Dec. 21, he has taken steps to improve his security, including rebooting a surveillance camera and securing the display cases.

“The important thing is that nobody was hurt in this,” he said.

Anybody with any information is asked to call the Vernon-North Okanagan RCMP at 250-545-7171. You can remain anonymous by contacting Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or online at nokscrimestoppers.com.



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