Public tips help Vernon RCMP catch robbery suspect

Acting on information from the public, RCMP officers arrested a suspect in connection with a robbery Thursday at a Vernon gas station.

Acting on information from the public, RCMP officers arrested a suspect in connection with a robbery Thursday at a Vernon gas station.

Police issued a video surveillance photo Friday morning of a suspect believed to be responsible for a robbery Thursday at Super Save Gas in the 4400 block of 27th Street.

The incident occurred shortly before 9 p.m. when a lone male entered the gas station after another customer left the store, produced a knife and demanded money.

He left the store with an undisclosed amount of cash. A police service dog team could not pick up a track.

The photo released by RCMP Friday showed a male suspect wearing sunglasses, a baseball hat, one glove on his left hand and a light-coloured hoody under a black jacket.

“Thanks to information from the public, and thanks to the media posting the suspect’s photo, calls were made to our detachment and he was identified,” said Vernon RCMP spokesperson Gord Molendyk Friday evening.

The man was arrested on the street without incident within a six-block radius of the gas station.

Police also received a report Friday that a knife had been found near the gas station.

Molendyk confirmed that officers recovered a knife but could not confirm if it had been used in the robbery.