February 06, 2013 - 1:37 PM
An observant neighbour was key in helping police track down suspects in a reported break and enter in Vernon yesterday afternoon.
Police say at about 2:20 p.m. a homeowner in the 3000 block of 23rd street reported her door had been forced open. At almost the same time, a neighbour says she happened to see a male and a female walking along 23rd street with full back packs and a heavy object concealed under a blanket or tarp. Thinking something strange was going on, the neighbour then followed the pair from a safe distance and watched them enter a unit of the Green Valley Motel. She then called the RCMP.
Staff Sgt. Gord Molendyk says the description of the two suspects matches individuals who are well known to police. Both were arrested during surveillance of the unit and taken to holding cells in Vernon. With a search warrant in hand, officers began inspecting the room and recovered a number of items reported stolen by the home owner as well as others believed to be from multiple reported break and enters and thefts in the city.
The suspects will appear in court later today. RCMP continue to investigate this incident and will work to identify the property owners of the recovered items.
Molendyk says the arrest is a direct result of a good neighbour acting on what she felt was not normal activity in her neighbourhood, following up on it and reporting it to police.
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