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Vernon corn stand robber turns himself in

A quick thinking Vernon corn stand employee snapped this photo of the suspect vehicle just after an armed robbery, Tuesday, Aug. 8, 2018.
August 09, 2018 - 8:34 AM

VERNON - A man who allegedly robbed a corn stand employee at knifepoint earlier this week has turned himself in to police.

Police say the 37-year-old Vernon man came to the detachment yesterday, Aug. 8, and willingly turned himself in. He was taken into custody without incident, RCMP spokesperson Const. Kelly Brett says in a media release.

The man allegedly approached a youth employee working at a Sparks corn stand on Kalamalka Road on Tuesday, Aug. 6, brandished a knife and demanded money. The employee complied with the demands, handing over an undisclosed amount of cash.

The man then then fled the area in an older style small blue Ford pick-up truck prior to police arrival. The quick-thinking youth took a photo of the getaway vehicle and gave it to police.

Police say the vehicle was identified through social media.

“This is a great example of the important partnership between the community and police,” Brett says in the release. “Without the number of times this incident and vehicle photo was shared over social media, there is a good possibility this suspect would never have surfaced. The Vernon-North Okanagan RCMP would like to thank the media, public and the youth employee for their efforts during this investigation.”

Police have not released the man’s name but say he is facing possible robbery charges and remains in custody.

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