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Police make arrest in Vernon Tim Hortons robbery, tie suspect to other crimes

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February 28, 2018 - 11:54 AM

VERNON - An Alberta man accused of robbing a Tim Hortons in Vernon earlier this month has been connected to numerous other crimes in the city.

Just before 11 p.m. on Feb. 14 the Vernon RCMP responded to a report of a robbery at the Tim Hortons located at 3905 32 St., RCMP spokesperson Const. Kelly Brett says in a media release.

After being asked to leave the store at closing time, the man approached the till and allegedly demanded cash while threatening violence, Brett says. He made off with an undisclosed amount of cash and fled the area on foot.

On Feb. 22, the Vernon North Okanagan RCMP received a report from a loss prevention officer who said a man matching the description of the robbery suspect had just entered their store. RCMP officers immediately attended to the location and found the suspect exiting the store’s washroom. He was arrested and taken into custody without incident.

“It was the observant nature and quick thinking of the loss prevention officer that lead police to the suspect,” Brett says. “Our officers work closely with loss prevention officers within the community and in this particular case the sharing of information and a photograph paid off as the loss prevention officer was able to make a clear identification.”

A 32-year-old Lethbridge man was arrested in relation to the robbery, and through additional investigation was connected to numerous other crimes within the Vernon area, Brett says.

He is facing numerous charges including theft of motor vehicle, fraud, theft, possession of property obtained by crime and break and enter. He remains in custody to face the pending charges.

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