Vernon RCMP arrest pair in connection with break-and-enters

Stolen truck used in a break-and-enter attempt at Vernon convenience store helps lead police to suspects

Vernon RCMP arrest pair in connection with break-and-enters

A Vernon man and woman have been arrested in connection with numerous offences in the North Okanagan over the past three months.

The subsequent investigations stemmed from a report on Oct. 1 involving a stolen 2014 grey GMC Sierra truck from the Vernon area.

Weeks later, on Oct. 19, at approximately 4:25 a.m., Hunter’s Grocery store on Pleasant Valley Road in Vernon was broken into and an unknown person attempted to steal the ATM machine using a truck.

“The investigation showed the truck used in this offence was the stolen GMC reported on Oct.1,” said RCMP Const. Jocelyn Noseworthy.

Police located the stolen truck abandoned later that morning, and police arrested the man and woman for unrelated offences and warrants later that day.

“Searches of the stolen truck and the two arrested people located numerous stolen items and physical evidence,” said Noseworthy.

“Police also obtained a search warrant that led to the discovery of more offence related property in the suspects’ belongings.”

These items, she said, were from four other thefts from vehicles, and two break and enters to residences that span from August to October and happened from Spallumcheen to Coldstream.

Noseworthy said RCMP were able to connect the man and woman to the stolen truck and the break-and-enter at Hunter’s Grocery.

Jason Biluk, 35, is facing nine charges of possession of stolen property and three counts of break-and-enter.

Rae Ann Bennett, 39, is facing four charges of possession of stolen property.

Their matters are now before the provincial court.