RCMP investigating early-morning robbery at Vernon store

Anyone with any information on this crime is asked to call the Vernon RCMP or Crime Stoppers

Suspects are being sought after a robbery at a Vernon business.

At about 1:40 a.m. Tuesday, the RCMP received a report of a robbery at the Mac’s store on 27th Street.

“The night shift employee was in the back room when she heard the door open. When she came to the front of the store, she noticed two men bending down,” said Gord Molendyk, RCMP spokesperson.

“One approached the till area and the second went back between one of the aisles. As she walked to the till, she noticed a hammer in the one man’s right hand near his belt area.”

The suspect ordered her to the ground, but then told her to open the safe. The clerk told him she was unable to open it.

The suspect then demanded the money in the cash register.

“The clerk then took the money from the till and set it on the counter,” said Molendyk.

The two suspects left the store with an undisclosed amount of cash.

Both suspects are Caucasian males of medium build and about five-foot-10 to six-feet in height. They are believed to be in their mid to late 20s and they both wore dark balaclavas.

One of the suspects was wearing white runners.

“Our police service dog unit attended and a short track went from the front door, west on sidewalk, to the alley where it is suspected they got into a vehicle,” said Molendyk.

“There is some indication there may have been a woman involved as well.  The police are working to see if there is video surveillance that will assist them in their investigation.”

Anyone with any information on this crime is asked to call the Vernon RCMP or Crime Stoppers.