Photo of alleged suspect. (RCMP)

Man disguised as utility worker allegedly tries to break into Kelowna home, maces resident

'This was a very frightening incident for the occupants of the home'

  • Sep. 7, 2021 12:00 a.m.

The Kelowna RCMP is seeking information on a suspect in an alleged attempted home invasion on Monday morning.

On Sept. 6, Mounties responded to a residence on Riverside Avenue, where a man dressed as a utility worker knocked on the door of a residence and convinced an occupant to step outside. Once outside, the faux utility worker sprayed the man with what police believe to be mace.

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The victim, a man in his 60s, ran back into his house and prevented the suspect from entering. After failed attempts to enter the home, the suspect fled.

“This was a very frightening incident for the occupants of the home who were simply enjoying a quiet Labour Day morning,” said Cpl. Jocelyn Noseworthy.

Police are looking for a single suspect, described as a five-foot-10, heavy-set man. He was wearing a grey shirt, a high-visibility vest, a yellow hard hat, a blue non-medical face mask, blue gloves and jeans.

Mounties ask residents in the area to review their home security video cameras and dash cams.

Anybody with information on the incident is asked to contact the Kelowna RCMP at 250-762-3300 or anonymously call CrimeStoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

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