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Police nab prolific Vernon offender

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November 20, 2018 - 3:48 PM

VERNON - RCMP apprehended a prolific property crime offender after he led them on a short chase in Vernon on the weekend.

On Friday, Nov. 16 at around 3 a.m., police responded to a call of a vehicle being stolen at the 6900 block of Marshall Road, according to an RCMP media release. Police pursued the stolen vehicle, which fled the scene. It was quickly found engulfed in flames near Okanagan Landing School.

An investigation determined the suspect was known to police and officers spotted him on Saturday, Nov. 17, at a drive-through in the Okanagan Landing area. The suspect evaded police by speeding into a nearby parking lot.

Police spotted the man shortly afterward in the 4100 block of 24 Avenue. He fled on foot, leading police on a short chase over fences and through a creek. He was apprehended and taken into custody without injury.

RCMP say Sheldon Veness, 25, of Vernon is charged with break and enter, theft of motor vehicle, arson, dangerous driving, flight from police, and three counts of breach of probation. He's scheduled to appear in court tomorrow, Nov. 21.

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