November 21, 2017 8:34 pm

Insurance company sued in half million dollar Kelowna jewellery store robbery

Cooper Jewellers was robbed of about $500,000 in merchandise last November.

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A heist at a Kelowna jewellery store netted the crooks more than $500,000 in ill-gotten gains.

So says the owner and operator of Cooper Fine Jewellery in a lawsuit trying to force the business’s insurance company to cover some of the losses.

The pleading claim Lloyd’s Underwriters has denied coverage alleging the the store did not meet the security standards stipulated in the $355,000 policy because there wasn’t a double trap entrance door.

Lloyd’s and two of its authorized agents are named as defendants.

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It’s alleged the agents failed to properly advise the plaintiffs of the necessary security requirements.

Vanessa Prom and Song Lim are seeking aggravated, punitive and exemplary damages claiming they were not treated fairly and reasonably.

“Instead of giving the Plaintiffs peace of mind, the Defendants, or any or them, have set upon or allowed a course of action to worsen the Plaintiff’s loss and emotional stress,” states the Notice of Civil Claim.

The defendants have yet to file responses to the court action.

During the robbery last November, two employees were bound for several minutes while two men loaded up on valuables.

“It is believed that the suspects, who may have been spooked by a member of the public outside the store, fled the area in a dark coloured SUV headed towards Springfield Road,” said an RCMP spokesperson at the time.

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