Casino suspect arrested

Vernon RCMP cashed in on their hunt for a robbery suspect from an incident at the Lake City Casino Dec. 1.

Vernon RCMP cashed in on their hunt for a robbery suspect from an incident at the Lake City Casino Dec. 1.

A woman had her purse stolen by a man, who dragged the victim for a short period as she refused to let go of her purse before she couldn’t hold on any longer.

Police, aided by surveillance footage from the robbery, arrested a 22-year-old Kelowna man at a Vernon home Thursday.

“The surveillance photos did lead to some tips,” said Vernon RCMP spokesperson Gord Molendyk. “Our officers were able to identify who the individual was, and do some follow-up as to where he was. But, yes, the surveillance footage was a big factor.”

Asked by a reporter if people are rtargeted at the casino, Molendyk said he was aware of a “few thefts” from the facility.

“However, you have to appreciate this building has more surveillance cameras than probably any other place in the city for obvious reasons,” said Molendyk.

“There are individuals who will try. Some of the victims are playing the machines with their purses beside them and probably are not paying as close attention to the purse as they should be. For some, it’s a crime of opportunity.”

Molendyk said police are satisfied the casino suspect is not connected to a string of recent Vernon robberies.

The suspect was slated to appear in Vernon Provincial Court Monday to face a charge of robbery with violence.




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