Alert Vernon employees prevent theft

Two alert Middleton Mountain employees may have put an end to an alleged theft from vehicles spree.

Two alert Middleton Mountain employees may have put an end to an alleged theft from vehicles spree.

Vernon RCMP were called just before 8 a.m. to a report that two employees had caught a man in a staff vehicle in the 900 block of Waddington Drive.

“Our officers responded to that location, and spoke to a witness that stated he saw a man in the vehicle rummaging through papers and personal contents of the vehicle,” said Vernon RCMP spokesperson Gord Moleendyk.

The employees brought the man out of the vehicle and escorted him inside the office to wait for police.

One of our officers went to the office where he located the suspect. He was arrested and returned to the police office.

The suspect had several pairs of sunglasses, an iPod, other assorted items and a flashlight.

“Our officer transported the 30-year-old suspect to the Vernon RCMP cells where he was lodged pending investigation of the items in his possession,” said Molendyk.

Within a very short time period the police were called to another report of a theft from a vehicle in the 1800 block of Kosmina Drive which is a block away from where the suspect was arrested.

“Our officers feel this suspect may have rummaged through more vehicles in this area between midnight and 7 a.m. today (Wednesday), and owners may not have reported the thefts yet,” said Molendyk.

If you lost items like these, you are asked to please contact Const. MacQueen at the Vernon detachment, 250-545-7171.