Vernon commercial break-and-enters continue

Two businesses broken into Monday at separate ends of city; brings to five the number of businesses hit in past three weekends

The rash of Vernon commercial break-ins continues.

Vernon RCMP responded to two alarms 90 minutes apart Monday morning.

That brings to five the number of local businesses that have been hit in the past three weekends.

Shortly before 5 a.m. Monday, an alarm went off at a business in the 1000 block of Waddington Drive.

“Members attended and located a hole cut in the fence, and 11 Bridgestone Blizzak tires scattered outside the fence,” said Vernon RCMP Cpl. Gerry Kovacs.

The suspect or suspects had fled the scene prior to police arrival.

It was unknown Monday morning if any tires had been stolen.

Later, at 6:20 a.m., another commercial break-and-enter was reported in the 4700 block of 29th Street after a resident of the building reported hearing the sound of a door being kicked in, and called police.

“The resident went downstairs as the suspects fled in a vehicle, but, unfortunately, no description was obtained,” said Kovacs.

The suspects had kicked in the front door and stole approximately $30-to-$40 in loonies and toonies.

Vernon RCMP Forensic Identification Section was called to the scene and is assisting with the investigation.

Kovacs said the RCMP are investigating the possibility that both break-ins Monday are connected.

Anyone with any information on either crime is asked to call the Vernon RCMP at 250-545-7171, or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.