Vernon RCMP make arrest following residential break-in

Neighbour follows man coming out of home in 2700 block of 39th Street Wednesday; helps police identify suspect

Vernon RCMP make arrest following residential break-in

Vernon RCMP have made an arrest following a residential break-in Wednesday.

A neighbour witnessed a man exiting a residence in the 2700 block of 39th Street shortly after 2:15 p.m.

“The man fled the area on foot while being followed by another neighbour,” said Vernon RCMP Const. Jocelyn Noseworthy.

Vernon RCMP attended the area and located a man matching the suspect’s description. He was immediately detained by police and arrested a few minutes later after being positively identified by the pursuing neighbour.

A bag full of items stolen from the house was located along the route the man had run. It included jewelry, electronics and Christmas presents.

It was the fifth such residential break-in in the city limits over the past week. The one Wednesday was about 12 blocks from an unsolved break-in Monday afternoon on 42nd Avenue near Alexis Park.

Three other homes on 30th Street, 43rd Avenue and 42nd Avenue were also broken into.

“There is no evidence at this time to suggest the suspect is connected to the other incidents,” said Noseworthy. “But, given the proximity of the houses, it is definitely something we will explore.”

A 36-year-old man was taken into custody. He was expected to make an appearance in Vernon Provincial Court today.