UPDATED: Suspects identified in meat thefts

Honour system fridge dishonoured, RCMP catch up with suspects

UPDATE:

The two suspects involved in the thefts of meat at a local farm reported July 13 have now been identified.

“During the course of an unrelated investigation, our officers were able to identify a 36-year-old Vernon woman and a 44-year-old man Vernon man and linked them to the thefts of meat,” said Cpl. Yannick Lescarbeau.

Several counts of theft will be recommended against both individuals.

On June 20, the Vernon North Okanagan RCMP were made aware of an alleged theft that took place from a farm located on Redwing Road. Owners of the farm advised police that a male entered the honour system fridge, located on the property, helped himself to a dozen eggs and allegedly left without putting a payment into the jar. Approximately three days later, the same male returned and reportedly took over $100 worth of organic meat from the fridge. The bandit has been identified by the farm as “prefers smokies.”

“Since the first report made to police, the same male has returned to the property four additional times and collected various items from the fridge including meat and eggs, without leaving any sort of payment behind,” said Const. Kelly Brett, in the original report. “To a small local farm, thefts like this can be devastating and may jeopardize the way the farm continues to conduct business.”


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