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Symbiosis between bylaw and RCMP yield arrests

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November 13, 2013 - 3:01 PM

VERNON - Three times in the last two weeks, Bylaw Compliance Officers doing their regular job alerted RCMP to potential criminal activities leading to arrests.

A partnership between the two entities has led police to robbery and assault suspects and someone breaching court conditions.

A bylaw officer on night shift came across a person matching the description of a person suspected of assault while robbing a Vernon business earlier in the evening. The officer noticed the person as he went into a home and had another bylaw officer stand by to watch the property while he contacted the RCMP officer investigating the crime. The suspect was arrested.

Two bylaw officers patrolling a park on 25th Avenue saw an individual matching the desciption of someone wanted in connection with a robbery that happened earlier in the day. Though RCMP were called, the suspect managed to sneak away. All was not lost though, because the bylaw officers happened upon the suspect again near the Happy Days Food store and told RCMP who made the arrest.

In the third incident, two bylaw officers watched someone walking downtown who was wanted in connection with a breach of court conditions. The officers chatted him up until the RCMP arrived and arrested him.

"These incidents are a result of the great cooperation and partnership our two agencies have," Manager of Bylaw Compliance Clint Kanester says.


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