Pair of suspects arrested after robbery attempt at Vernon gas station

Two male suspects from Kamloops and Merritt are accused of trying to rob a Vernon gas station Tuesday night...

Two men from out of town became guests of the Vernon RCMP after they allegedly tried to rob a city gas station Tuesday.

The employee at Quality Chevron Service, in the 3300 block of 32nd Street, called RCMP just after 9 p.m. to report that a man had attempted to rob him.

“The suspect demanded money, and the employee told the male suspect that he had called the police,” said Vernon RCMP spokesperson Gord Molendyk. “The suspect ran off and an accomplice was seen running with him.”

A short time later, a City of Vernon bylaw officer located the two suspects near 33rd Street and 39th Avenue in possession of a stolen truck out of Kamloops.

The bylaw officer followed the truck from that location to 27th Street and 35th Avenue, where police officers were able to stop the vehicle. The two men with the truck were arrested for robbery and possession of stolen property.

“One male was identified with the assistance of Kamloops RCMP,” said Molendyk, adding that police were able to view the video from the Chevron showing one of the men during the robbery and holding a weapon.

The men, aged 24 and 22, are from Kamloops and Merritt respectively.

Both were taken into custody and were to appear in Vernon Provincial Court Wednesday to face charges of armed robbery and possession of a stolen property.

Both subjects, said Molendyk, are well-known to police.



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