Vernon convenience store clerk shaken, but not hurt, after robbery

RCMP Const. Jocelyn Noseworthy

VERNON - A convenience store employee did the right thing when a man in a ski mask told him to open the cash register early yesterday morning.

After being threatened with what looked like bear spray around 4:30 a.m., Sept. 20, the lone clerk at Mac’s Convenience Store on 27 Street did as he was told.

The suspect, described only as wearing a ski mask, made off on foot with an undisclosed amount of cash, but more importantly, the clerk was not injured, RCMP Const. Jocelyn Noseworthy says.

“The money isn’t worth your life,” Noseworthy says.

She says the clerk did the right thing complying with the order.

RCMP officers surrounded the area but were unable to find the suspect. Investigators are currently reviewing video surveillance footage and hope to release a better description of the suspect. 

No one but the clerk was in the store at the time, and while shaken, he wasn't hurt.

In a separate incident, police arrested a man for a recent robbery at the Lakeview Market on 32 Avenue. 

Anyone with any information about the Mac's robbery is asked to contact the Vernon RCMP at 250-545-7171 or remain anonymous by calling Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

To contact the reporter for this story, email Charlotte Helston at or call 250-309-5230. To contact the editor, email or call 250-718-2724.

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