Nighttime crime keeps cops occupied

RCMP Spokesperson Gord Molendyk

VERNON - Within three hours last night, police rounded up three individuals suspected of breaking into vehicles. 

The first call came in around 10:30 p.m. for a vehicle theft at 37 Avenue and 28 A Street. The caller reported two men in black and white hoodies had broken into a vehicle and vacated the scene.

RCMP spokesperson Gord Molendyk says a pair of men matching the suspects’ descriptions were intercepted by the officer responding to the call near 27 Street and Highway 6. They were detained and held by other officers while the first cop checked out the vehicle that had been broken into.

“The Police Dog Service team then tracked away from the vehicle and right up to where the two suspects were detained,” Molendyk says, adding it’s a commonly used technique when linking suspects to a crime.

While on the track, a stereo face plate was also recovered.

One of the suspects, a 24-year-old Vernon resident is on parole and breaching his conditions. Charges may follow as RCMP continue to investigate. 

Three hours later, around 1:40 a.m., a concerned citizen tipped police off about a crime in progress in the 3300 block of Centennial Drive.

“An unknown male was seen throwing rocks at the back window of a black truck until it broke and then he climbed inside,” Molendyk says.

When police arrived the man was still rummaging around inside the vehicle.

“Our officers called the suspect out of the truck. When he exited the cab they immediately recognized him,” Molendyk says.

The 36-year-old man has a history of property related crimes and is being held in custody for a court appearance Monday.

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