Neighbour directs Vernon RCMP to break-and-enter suspects

A concerned neighbour helped Vernon police in an arrest and recovery of stolen property

A homeowner reported a break-and-enter to her home in the 3000 block of 23rd Street Tuesday at about 2:20 p.m.

“At nearly the same time, an observant citizen in the area spotted a male and female walking on 23rd Street with what appeared to be full backpacks,” said Gord Molendyk, with the RCMP.

“They also had one heavy object concealed under a blanket or tarp and a pair of women’s boots. This observant caller noticed things were not quite as they should be at a neighbour’s home and their car was not in the driveway.”

The resident followed the man and woman from a safe distance and watched them enter a unit at a motel. She then called the RCMP.

“The descriptions of the suspect match two individuals who are very well known to police,” said Molendyk.

“While police were conducting surveillance of the unit, both suspects were apprehended and brought to Vernon cells.”

Officers also searched the motel unit and they  recovered a number of items reported stolen by the homeowner.

“Other items seized in this search are believed to be from other reported break-and-enters and theft files in the city,” said Molendyk.

The suspects were expected to appear in court late Wednesday.

“This arrest was a direct result of a good neighbour acting on what she felt was not normal activity in her neighborhood,” said Molendyk.


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