Suspect attempts to flee Walmart with $1,000 worth of items

RCMP Spokesperson Gord Molendyk

VERNON - A man who stole over $1,000 worth of Walmart merchandise and gave a Vernon couple quite a scare has been taken into police custody.

Around 6:30 p.m. Nov. 7, police responded to a report of an assault outside Walmart in Vernon.

The 28-year-old suspect, who according to police has no fixed address, had attempted to assault a loss prevention officer with a needle as he made his getaway from the store.

He then attempted to carjack a vehicle from a Vernon couple.

The dog team was called in and put on the suspect’s track. Within minutes the dog located the suspect and grabbed onto his leg.

“The dog handler asked the suspect why he didn’t give himself up when he heard the dog coming,” RCMP spokesperson Gord Molendyk says. “His reply was ‘I didn’t think the dog would find me.’

Over $1,000 worth of items stolen from Walmart were recovered from the individual.

To contact the reporter for this story, email Charlotte Helston at, call (250)309-5230 or tweet @charhelston.

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