Charges pending in numerous Vernon thefts

Police say there is a common link between three separate incidents

Suspects have been arrested in relation to three Vernon thefts.

On Wednesday at about 10:45 p.m., an RCMP officer was stopped by the Performing Arts Centre when she was approached by a 23-year-old man  who stated he had been robbed.

“He said he had been stopped on the street by two people, a male and female, and asked for a cigarette,” said Gord Molendyk, RCMP spokesperson.

“When he said he didn’t have any, they removed his wallet from his pocket and took his debit card.  They told him to go with them to the bank.”

When they saw the police car pull up, they ran from the area.

A description of the suspects was circulated and later that evening, two bylaw officers noticed the suspects and followed them. They were arrested by the police in an alley between 31st and 32nd avenues.

The two suspects, a 26-year-old woman and 36-year-old man, are expected to face charges of robbery in this case.

Police also determined the female suspect was also involved in the Mac’s Store robbery April 30 on 27th Street.

“The follow-up investigation resulted in a search warrant to a residence,” said Molendyk.

“During the search, they recovered stolen property from a break and enter to a home April 22.”

Charges are being recommended against two men, one 40-years-old and one 33-years-old, as well as the woman for robbery of the Mac’s Store. Charges of break and enter have also been laid.