Break-and-enter at Vernon tire distributor leads to two arrests

A motion alarm going off at a Vernon tire distributor resulted in the arrest of two men.

A motion alarm going off at a Vernon tire distributor resulted in the arrest of two men.

Police report that just after midnight Saturday, they responded to a complaint of a motion alarm at TriCan Tire Distributors, in the 1000 block of Waddington Drive.

“When our members arrived, they located a red pick-up with a B.C. licence plate parked on the north side of the business,” said Vernon RCMP spokesperson Gord Molendyk. “The vehicle was unoccupied and contained several tires from the business compound.”

The police investigation determined that a break-and-enter into the compound had taken place.

A 31-year-old man was seen running by officers near Highway 6 and Pottery Road. It was determined he was the registered owner of the truck and he was taken into police custody.

“A search of the vehicle found an assortment of tools in the cab, as well as a white powdery substance believed to be cocaine,” said Molendy.

A short time later, a security guard called RCMP officers and advised he saw a second suspect in the area dressed all in black.

A man, 26, was located near the business and had been seen running in the area.

“When our officers spoke to him, they learned he was breaching the conditions of his probation and he was also arrested,” said Molendyk.

The suspect vehicle was towed in for investigation, and both suspects were released later in the day on a promise to appear in court.