Smithers Woman Bear Sprayed During Break-in

Kathy Brookes

RCMP say an elderly woman was assaulted with bear spray by someone who broke into her home in Smithers.

Police say it happened around 2:30 Friday morning in the 3000 block of 8th Avenue.

Officers found the 88-year-old resident coughing and suffering from mouth irritation. She was taken to hospital.

Police say a suspect was seen leaving the home but no one matching their description could be found. They were reportedly "small in stature" and dressed in dark clothing. 

Police are asking anyone with information to contact them or Crime Stoppers.

Nothing appears to be missing from the home.

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