Vernon store owner responds to robbery attempt

The owner of a Vernon shop fought back against a would-be robber Saturday.

A Caucasian man entered the Village Market, in the 1900 block of 32nd Street, at around 7:15 p.m., produced a knife and demanded money from the store’s owner, who refused.

“The suspect became upset. The owner then started throwing items from the counter at the suspect, who fled the store without obtaining anything,” said Vernon RCMP spokesperson Gord Molendyk.

A police service dog was called to the scene but was unable to pick up a track.

The owner was not injured.

Due to a language barrier, police were only able to receive a limited account of what happen.

“Officers did speak with a witness nearby, and are checking out to see if there’s any video evidence,” said Molendyk.

The suspect was wearing a mask across his face, white runners, blue jeans and a dark hoodie with red stylized writing.

Anybody with any information on the incident is asked to call the Vernon RCMP at 250-545-7171, or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

Tips can also be left at the local Crime Stoppers website,



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