Vernon RCMP investigate break-in and theft at downtown drug store

Police responded to glass break and motion alarm at Shoppers Drug Mart on 31st Avenue at 2:30 a.m. Monday.

Another Vernon business with a display near a window was the victim of a break-in Monday morning.

Vernon RCMP responded to a glass break and front motion alarm at Shoppers Drug Mart in the 3400 block of 31st Avenue at 2:30 a.m.

“It appears two suspects entered the store through a broken window and stole an assortment of computer components that were in the display area near the window,” said Vernon RCMP spokesperson Gord Molendyk, who released a description of both suspects.

The two individuals are of skinny build, and both were wearing black hoodies and gloves.

The first suspect appears to have black pants, white shoes, shorter hair and appeared to have darker complexion.

The second individual had a dark toque on under hoodie, appeared to have grey pants and black shoes with white trim along sides.

The two suspects fled in a vehicle, though police did not have a vehicle description. As of Monday, officers were looking at video from the store as part of their investigation.

A week ago, on Thanksgiving Monday morning, police were alerted to a window smash at the main branch of Canada Post, and a collectors edition coin display had been stolen.

Police could not say if the two crimes were connected.

“It appears we have we have some individuals that are very active in our community right now, said Molendyk. “Whether it’s a group or more, our officers are trying to hard to identify that.”

Such break-ins are frustrating for business owners, said Molendyk.

“It’s very difficult and frustrating for both them and police,” he said. “The more security they put into place, the greater the methods these individuals go to to get into a place. They’ll even drive through a window,” (a reference to a break-in Thanksgiving Sunday at a Vernon gun shop where suspects used a stolen truck to ram into the front window, then made off with five firearms).

Police are still investigating all three break-ins.

Anybody with any information is asked to call the Vernon detachment at 250-545-7171, or Crime Stoppes at 1-800-222-8477.