Arrest of suspects solve multiple property crimes in North Okanagan

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VERNON - RCMP say a series of break and enters in the North Okanagan over the last three months may have been solved after police caught a man and woman with a variety of stolen goods.

Jason Biluk, 35, and Rae Ann Bennett, 39, are facing multiple charges in connection to a variety of thefts in the Vernon-area between August and October, according to a RCMP media release. The pair were arrested Oct. 19 for unrelated offences and warrants.

RCMP say the suspects were connected to the theft of a truck on Oct. 1 and an attempt to steal an ATM from Hunter’s Grocery on Pleasant Valley Road on Oct. 19 using the same stolen truck.

"Searches of the stolen truck and the two people arrested located numerous stolen items and physical evidence," Const. Jocylen Nosworthy says in the release. "Police also obtained a search warrant that led to the discovery of more offence related property in Biluk's and Bennett's belongings."

The items found were from four additional thefts from vehicles and two residential break and enters that occured from Spallumcheen to Coldstream between August and October.

Biluk is facing nine charges of possession of stolen property and three charges of break and enter. Bennett is facing four charges of possession of stolen property.


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