Community tip leads officers to stolen vehicle

The truck was found abandoned a short time later in a parking lot on 43rd Avenue

An observant community member alerted Vernon RCMP to the theft of a pickup truck in progress.

The woman called RCMP shortly before 7:30 p.m. on Sunday to say she was following a 2001 Dodge Dakota truck that she witnessed being stolen from a parking lot in the 2400 block of 58th Avenue.

“A blond Caucasian woman and an unknown man were in the vehicle,” said Const. Jocelyn Nosewothy, with the Vernon RCMP detachment.

The truck was found abandoned a short time later in a parking lot on 43rd Avenue, and the suspects had fled on foot.

Anybody with any information on the theft or the suspects is asked to call the Vernon RCMP at 250-545-7171, or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

Asked if the woman caller had done the right thing, Noseworthy said yes.

“By all means, yes to calling us,” she said.

“She believed she hadn’t been noticed which is why she followed them at a safe distance. We always advocate to people to make sure they’re safe. In this case, there is no indication the suspects realized anyone was following them.”