Vernon RCMP have made an arrest in connection with theft of gift baskets for a kids' hockey tournament at the Vernon Civic Arena.

Vernon RCMP have made an arrest in connection with theft of gift baskets for a kids' hockey tournament at the Vernon Civic Arena.

Arrest made in connection with Vernon Civic Arena break-in

Gift baskets for kids' hockey tournament stolen Friday morning; Vernon RCMP arrest 45-year-old man Friday night

An arrest has been made in connection with the theft of fundraising items for a youth hockey tournament in Vernon from the Civic Arena.

Shortly after 10 p.m. Friday, Vernon-North Okanagan RCMP arrested a man who was operating a vehicle that had been reported stolen from a local car dealership a week earlier.

Upon further investigation, police found the man in possession of items taken during a break-in to the Civic Arena early Friday morning.

These stolen items included candy and toys from gift baskets earmarked for the hockey tournament.

The man, 45, faces charges of possession of property obtained by crime over $5,000, possession of property obtained by crime under $5,000 and driving while disqualified.

He is scheduled to appear in Vernon Provincial Court Monday.