Six men arrested after report of break-in at Salmon River home

Officers from the Vernon-North Okanagan and Salmon Arm detachments responded to a 911 call Tuesday

Good security and good police work helped foil a potential break-and-enter at a North Okanagan home.

Officers from the Vernon-North Okanagan and Salmon Arm detachments responded to a 911 call Tuesday at 2:30 a.m. from a home owner on Yankee Flats Road stating that several men were trying to break into his residence.

The home is in the Salmon River Valley, but is within the Vernon-North Okanagan Detachment area which is why both detachments responded.

“The security measures the owner had in place prevented the suspects from gaining entry and they left empty-handed,” said RCMP spokesperson Gord Molendyk.

Police spoke to the owner who was unharmed and he provided good descriptions of the suspects.

“The quick action by our officers responding to the call resulted in them cordoning off the area near the property, and they were successful in locating two suspect vehicles that contained a total of six men,” said Molendyk.

“Based on the details provided to police, all six were taken into custody.”

A long-barreled gun was seized during the arrests and search of the vehicles.

The suspects in this case are known to police, said Molendyk.

The six men range in age from 21 to 38. Two are from Kamloops, three are from Kelowna and the last is from Skookumchuck in the East Kootenays.

They are expected to appear in court at a later date.

Police are continuing to investigate this incident.