Columbia Valley RCMP believes addiction drove a suspect to steal from a local jewelry store.
After an Invermere business was robbed last week, police are looking for a Caucasian man they describe as 5’9”-5’11” in his early 20s.
He is said to have scabs on his face, light hair and a skinny build.
The suspect is said to have been “jiggerty” and acting suspicious when he asked to try on a gold chain.
Staff reluntanctly obliged before the suspect took off through the front store with the merchandise.
Sergeant Bob Vatamanuick says he’s been an officer for 21 years, and he sees people in desperate situations turn to desperate measures all the time.
“Those with addiction issues, or with mental health issues have trouble maintaining employment, have trouble having a steady income,” Vatamanuick suggests. “Unfortunately, they have to subvert to illegal activity to support their habit.”
‘Their hebaviour can be unpredictable and violent because many times they don’t want to go to jail because obviously it means they can’t get the substance they’re addicted to.”
Employees chased after the suspect when he ran out of the store with the piece of jewelry.
They were able to caught up to him and retrieve the gold chain before the suspect ran off again.
Vatamanuick encouraes the public not to confront troubled individuals as it could lead to serious harm or injury.
“We’re always apprehensive, and always suggest that any employee or store owner does not chase any thieves, especially ones that look like they have substance abuse issues.”
– Columbia Valley RCMP Sgt. Bob Vatamanuick