How a tip from Vancouver helped Vernon RCMP intercept a break-in

VERNON - Security personnel all the way in Vancouver were able to tip off police to a break and enter underway in Vernon thanks to video surveillance.

Vernon RCMP were notified of a break-in at the ICBC secured lot on 48 Avenue by security personnel in Vancouver watching the cameras, Const. Jocelyn Noseworthy says.

Security watched him enter the compound via video surveillance around 11 p.m., Jan. 18, and RCMP were there waiting by the time the suspect went to leave.

Police arrested the man, who is well known to police. He is Cary Polanski, 36, from the Vernon area.

Polanski didn’t appear to have taken anything from the compound, but had break in instruments on him and police believe he was looking for things to steal from vehicles in the lot.

He was arrested on charges of break and enter and posssession of break in tools and returns to court Jan. 28.

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