Suspect targets meat in two foiled Vernon shoplifting attempts

A loss prevention officer at a downtown Vernon grocery store did his job Saturday.

Vernon RCMP received a call at 4:25 p.m. saying a 36-year-old Vernon man was being held for shoplifting about $80 worth of meat from Canada Safeway.

“The suspect, at first, went with Safeway’s loss prevention officer to his office, then fled on foot after he realized he was being charged with theft,” said Vernon RCMP spokesperson Gord Molendyk.

According to police, the suspect ran from the store and was seen going into Natures Fare.

Safeway’s loss prevention officer and store manager spoke to Nature’s Fare’s manager. The suspect was located and was discovered to be in possession of about $43 worth of product for Nature’s Fare, including meat.

All items were recovered, but while the suspect was being dealt with again at the Safeway office, the suspect is alleged to have punched the loss prevention officer in the chest.

Meat, said Molendyk, is a big item targeted by thieves at all major grocery outlets.

“They will flip it over for cash,” said Molendyk. “It is generally not stolen for personal use.”

The suspect is now facing charges of theft and assault. He is also facing charges of failing to comply with an intermittent sentence order that he received in December.

The man was slated to appear in Vernon Provincial Court Monday.



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