Vernon RCMP nab theft suspect

Vernon RCMP nabbed a robbery suspect following a hold-up at a downtown drug store Wednesday night.

Vernon RCMP nabbed a robbery suspect following a hold-up at a downtown drug store Wednesday night.

Police were called by the pharmacist on duty at a drug store in the Fruit Union Plaza shortly after 8:30 p.m.

“The suspect made threats to the staff and left the store with an undisclosed amount of money,” said Vernon RCMP spokesperson Gord Molendyk, adding there was an indication made by the suspect that he had a weapon, though no weapon was ever  produced.

The suspect, described to police as about six-feet tall, Caucasian, with a stocky build and wearing a black jacket with a hood, fled the scene on foot.

Shortly before 11 p.m., City of Vernon bylaw officers making patrols noticed man matching the description and alerted RCMP. The man was arrested in the vicinity of 39th Street and 24th Avenue.

He was taken into custody where it was discovered the suspect has outstanding warrants in B.C. and Alberta. The suspect, aged 34, of no fixed address, was scheduled to appear in Vernon Provincial Court Thursday to face charges of robbery, obstruction and possession of stolen property.