Arrest made in Vernon residential break-ins

One incident occurred Monday on 34th Street while there was a case Tuesday on 35th Avenue

Vernon RCMP have arrested a suspect in two residential break-ins.

Vernon RCMP have arrested a suspect in two residential break-ins.

An arrest has been made in two residential break-and-enters.

On Tuesday at 2 p.m., RCMP officers received a call from a man who stated someone had just broken into his house in the 3400 block of 35th Avenue.

“When he confronted the intruder, the man assaulted him and fled,” said Const. Jocelyn Noseworthy.

“Several neighbours witnessed the man fleeing the scene and apprehended him a few blocks away until police arrived and arrested him.”

The man, whose house was broken into, suffered minor injuries as a result of the assault.

“Investigation by the RCMP tied the suspect to another residential break and enter which occurred Monday at a residence in the 4200 block of 34th Street,” said Noseworthy.

“In that incident, a woman called police to advise that she had left her four children asleep in her residence while she dropped her spouse of to work. When she returned to her residence at about 9 a.m., she noticed several items, mostly electronic devices, were missing. Witnesses saw a man fleeing the residence on foot.”

William Mathieson, 37, is scheduled to appear next in court Jan. 11. He is facing charges of break and enter, assault and possession of break-in instruments for Tuesday’s incident. He is facing a charge of break and enter for the case Monday. He was also found to have outstanding warrants for break, enter and theft.