Pair bear-sprayed in Valleyview home invasion

Kamloops Mounties say there's no reason for the law-abiding public to be worried after two masked men armed with guns burst into a Valleyview home late Tuesday night (Nov. 20).

The incident, at a house in the 200-block of Valleyview Drive, was reported to police at about 11:30 p.m. — but investigators believe it actually took place an hour earlier.

RCMP Const. Bernie Ward said the home's two male occupants heard a knock at the door and looked out to see someone wearing a mask.

"They thought the person was a friend playing a joke," Ward said.

"The person came through the unlocked door, followed by another male also wearing a face mask. The suspects both had handguns and ordered the two males onto the ground."

Ward said the suspects rifled through the house and fled with what they could carry — but not before dousing the two residents with bear spray.

"The police feel this is a targeted event and noted evidence of illegal activity in the residence," Ward said.

The residents told police they believe the bandits fled in a vehicle.

Anyone with information can call police at 250-828-3000 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.


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