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Stolen credit card used in Vernon leads to another crime

October 13, 2020 - 2:04 PM

The importance of reporting stolen credit cards as soon as they go missing was highlighted in a Vernon arrest over the long weekend.

A 21-year-old Calgary man tried to use the credit cards on Saturday, Oct. 10, at a business in the 3200 block of 39 Avenue in Vernon.

RCMP said after several declined transactions, the suspect left the business and staff advised police of the suspicious activity.

A detailed description of the suspect and the associated vehicle was provided to frontline officers, RCMP said in a press release.

At approximately 2 p.m., frontline officers from the Vernon North Okanagan RCMP located a vehicle matching the description and attempted a traffic stop.

"When the police officer tried to conduct a traffic stop with the suspect vehicle, the driver refused to stop and drove into a dead-end area of a residential subdivision," Const. Chris Terleski, media relations officer for the Vernon North Okanagan RCMP, said in a press release.

"The driver abandoned the vehicle and fled on foot in an attempt to evade police. On scene officers recovered a number of stolen items from the vehicle, which itself, had been stolen from a neighbouring jurisdiction."

RCMP officers set up containment in the area and requested the assistance of the Vernon North Okanagan RCMP Police Dog Services.

Hawkes the dog arrived on scene and successfully tracked the suspect to where he was hiding. Police arrested the suspect without further incident.

A 21-year old Calgary man is in custody and is charged with numerous offences, including; possession of stolen property, possession of a weapon, flight from police, and breaches of court orders.

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