RCMP are searching for an armed suspect following an early evening robbery in Vernon Tuesday.
Vernon RCMP responded at 8:30 p.m. to a report of an armed robbery that had occurred at Corner Grocery in the 5200 block of Okanagan Landing Road.
“Police have learned that the suspect entered the store and demanded money from the employee,” said Vernon RCMP spokesperson Const. Kelly Brett. “The suspect produced what is believed to be a firearm during the robbery, and then fled on foot. Efforts to locate the suspect have been unsuccessful at this time.”
The suspect is described as a Caucasian man, aged 30-to-40, wearing all black clothing with a black mask concealing his face.
The employee was not physically injured during the incident, which came four days after a similar type robbery attempt at Toro’s Cold Beer and Wine Store, where a suspect allegedly pulled a knife on an employee. The male suspect fled on foot and did not get any money.
Asked if there was any connection between the two robberies, Brett said police are deep into the investigation and very aware of both events.
“There have been numerous robberies in the Okanagan but we can’t make that determination (if they’re connected),” said Brett. “It would be an assumption and we don’t want to assume. Our general investigative section is working hard on the files, but we can’t make that call.”
The RCMP continue to investigate and seek the public’s assistance in identifying the suspect.
Anyone with any information is asked to contact the Vernon RCMP at 250-545-7171, remain anonymous by calling Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477, or leaving a tip online at www.nokscrimestoppers.com.