Vernon pizza delivery robbery ends in Shuswap with two arrests

A Sunday night robbery of a Vernon pizza delivery driver ended in Salmon Arm with the arrest of two suspects from Salmon Arm and Kamloops.

  • Mar. 19, 2012 1:00 p.m.

A robbery of a Vernon pizza delivery driver ended in Salmon Arm with the arrest of two suspects.

A 20-year-old Domino’s Pizza delivery man called Vernon RCMP Sunday at 10:30 p.m. to report two men robbed him and stole his 1990 grey Honda Civic delivery vehicle.

“The victim told police he was delivering a pizza order called in to a location at 26th Street and 28th Avenue in Vernon,” said RCMP spokesperson Gord Molendyk. “When he arrived, two men came out of the bushes. The victim got out of his vehicle to deliver the pizza.”

Molendyk said when the driver told the two men the price of the pizza, one of the suspects told him he was being robbed and threatened to “shank him” (stick him with a knife).

“The keys were removed from the driver’s back pocket and the suspects left with the vehicle,” said Molendyk. “They also took the pizza.”

The Honda was last seen by Vernon-North Okanagan officers northbound on Highway 97A as it was fleeing the area.

It was located in Salmon Arm at 50th Avenue SW and Foothills Road.

“Officers from the Salmon Arm detachment deployed a spike belt which was successful in stopping the vehicle,” said Molendyk.

The two suspects tried to flee on foot. One was apprehended by police right away, the other was caught a short time later.

The suspects – a 33-year-old Salmon Arm man with two outstanding warrants, and a 20-year-old man from Kamloops – were taken back to Vernon and placed in custody.

They were slated to make an appearance in Vernon Provincial Court Monday.