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Knife thief undergoes psychiatric assessment

July 19, 2016 2:11 P.M.


A 21-year-old man who robbed a House of Knives store in Kelowna has completed a psychiatric assessment after pleading guilty and will face sentencing in August.

On April 8, Denver Moore painted his face black and entered the knife store at about 9:30 a.m. According to store employees, he went behind the counter and stole a “large edged weapon,” then threatened staff.

“The suspect, who attempted to conceal his identity in an unusual way, was described to police as having painted his entire face and arms black while wearing all black clothing,” said Const. Jesse O’Donaghey in April.

“It wasn’t too difficult for our investigators, aided by the store's video surveillance footage, to locate, identify and arrest the suspect in the 200 block of Leon Avenue.”

Moore has remained in custody since his arrest and pleaded guilty to robbery on May 17.

The robbery is the latest in a string of crimes Moore has committed in recent months. On Dec. 24, 2015, he was arrested for possessing stolen property under $5,000 and given 18 months probation.

The probation order did little to deter his criminal behaviour, as he was charged with breach of his probation for incidents on Feb. 16 and Feb. 12, and was found guilty of theft under $5,000 for an incident on Feb. 22. He pleaded guilty to the theft, netting him one day in jail.

Additionally, he pleaded guilty on April 5 to two counts of assault and one count of theft under $5,000 for an incident on Feb. 24, which landed him another day in jail and another year of probation.

Now that Moore's psychiatric report has been completed, he will be sentenced for the House of Knives robbery on Aug. 8.

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