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Robber's plan foiled when Vernon store employee hits panic alarm

Police are looking for this suspect following an attempted robbery in Vernon on Jan. 26, 2018.
Image Credit: RCMP handout
January 29, 2018 - 3:14 PM

VERNON - A robber didn’t get very far over the weekend due to the quick actions of a store employee in Vernon.

Police were alerted to an attempted robbery at a local business in the 3100 block of Coldstream Avenue in Vernon just before 10 p.m. Friday, Jan. 26, RCMP spokesperson Const. Kelly Brett says in a media release.

A lone man entered the location, allegedly produced what appeared to be a firearm and demanded cash from the two employees. However, the suspect quickly realized his attempts were not going to be successful because the panic alarm had been pushed by the employee and police were on their way.

“The suspect male didn’t have time to act during this incident as the employee was able to clearly activate the alarm upon his arrival and demands for cash,” Brett says. “The male quickly turned around and left the business empty-handed without incident.”

The two employees on site were not injured. This is the latest in a number of robberies and attempted robberies so far this year in Vernon. Police have made an arrest in connection with at least one incident, and continue to investigate the others. 

The suspect in this latest case is described as Caucasian, approximately 5’11, wearing a black hat, black sweater with the word “Puma” on the front, black pants, black and white Adidas shoes, and carrying a black bag.

The suspect fled the area and was not located. 

Anyone with any information is asked to contact the Vernon North Okanagan RCMP at 250-545-7171. You may also remain anonymous by calling Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477, or leaving a tip online. 

Anyone with information about this man is asked to contact the RCMP.
Anyone with information about this man is asked to contact the RCMP.
Image Credit: RCMP handout

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