Streaming helps owners catch thieves

The owner of Vernon Auto Wreckers in the 3200 block of 45th Avenue reported an alarm at his business

Installing video security, and a little help from the Vernon RCMP’s police service dog, has paid off for a Vernon business.

Just after 2 a.m. Monday, the owner of Vernon Auto Wreckers in the 3200 block of 45th Avenue reported an alarm at his business.

“The owner and his wife were viewing a live stream video of a male suspect in the yard of their business,” said Vernon RCMP spokesperson Gord Molendyk. “Our officers attended and set up containment and a police service dog unit was called in.

The suspect fled west on foot across Highway 97 and into BX Creek where he was arrested.

A second suspect was located by the dog unit in a canvas shed to the east of the main parking area on the property of Vernon Auto Wreckers.

“This is the second time in the past week that a suspect has been caught in that business with the aid of the police service dog unit,” said Molendyk.

The two suspects, both 17 and from Vernon,  were returned the Vernon detachment where they were turned over to their parents.

The two were released on promises to appear in court and with conditions which include no contact and not to go near the business.