Police looking for man who smashed-and-grabbed at Nk’Mip Corner

Workers temporarily replace sheets of broken glass at Nk'Mip Corner with plywood panels after a truck was driven into the building.

Mounties across BC and Alberta are looking for a man believed to be involved in a string of break-and-enters across the BC interior — including a smash and grab at Nk’Mip Corner April 15.

Sgt. Jason Bayda said the man was believed to be headed to Alberta travelling Hwy. 3 through Cranbrook.

“Someone overheard him looking for directions to Calgary so we think he might be travelling that route.”

His travel took him from Kelowna — where he is believed to have stolen an SUV — through Osoyoos.

Around 4 a.m. April 15, the man is believed to have backed the truck through a window at the Nk-Mip Corner Petro Canada station. He then made off with more than $5,000 in merchandise.

He was observed on closed-circuit video.

The man was last known to be driving a stolen 2009 Ford Escape, black in color. The last known licence plates (BC plates 780GWF) on the vehicle were also confirmed to be stolen.

“The last we heard he had committed another break-and-enter In Cranbrook,” said Sgt. Bayda.

He reminded local businesses how effective “decent quality” video surveillance cameras can be to catching bad guys.

“We do have some good photos of the guy that we’re sending out,” he said. “I’m pretty confident that he’s going to be identified at some point, either by the public or by another member that recognizes him.”

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