Cops surprise break-in suspects exiting Vernon home
Howard Alexander - News Editor
June 14, 2018 - 2:11 PM
VERNON – Two Vernon men are in custody and facing charges after they were nabbed by police officers waiting for them as they left a home that wasn’t theirs.
RCMP say just before midnight on Saturday, June 9, a homeowner called to say it sounded like someone was breaking into his home through the roof and venting system.
While a 911 operator kept him on the line and the homeowner provided live updates, police rushed to the home in the 2900 block of 48 Avenue.
Police surrounded the home and caught two suspects carrying the loot as they left through the backdoor.
“The victim in the home was not injured during the incident and followed the directions of the 911 dispatchers to keep himself safe,” Vernon RCMP spokesperson Kelly Brett says in a media release.
The thieves had managed to get into the home through a roof venting system in a business to which the home is attached, Brett says.
Gabriel Luke and Stanley Michell, both of Vernon, have been charged with break and enter, possession of stolen property, possession of break and enter instruments and masking the face to commit an indictable offense.
Luke and Michell are being held in custody and are scheduled to appear in court June 21.
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