Public tip leads to suspects

An observant resident helped police during an alleged break-and-enter at a Vernon business.

An observant resident helped police during an alleged break-and-enter at a Vernon business.

Just before 1 a.m. Friday, a concerned citizen called the RCMP to report a break-and-enter in progress at Farrer Equipment Rentals on 25th Avenue.

“An alarm was coming from the business and the caller noticed two male suspects ran from the business’ fenced compound with an object in their hands,” said Gord Molendyk, RCMP spokesperson.

“The caller also advised that there appeared to be a white Pontiac van in the area that may have been associated to the suspects.”

Officers stopped a white Pontiac Montana van near the scene, and there were three people inside the vehicle.

Two of the individuals matched the description of the suspects provided by the caller.

“In the van were a number of items that would be described as break-and-enter tools,” said Molendyk.

“The three suspects were arrested for break and enter and returned to the Vernon detachment where they are being held as our officers continue with this investigation.”