Despite one arrest last week, Vernon RCMP are still contending with brazen daylight residential break-ins.
With the help of a neighbour, RCMP were able to catch and apprehend a suspect in connection with a home break-in near Maven Lane last Wednesday.
It was one of four such incidents reported over a six-day period. RCMP continue to investigate those files, and three others, all of which have taken place during the day with nobody home, and entry to the home has been by force.
“These are crimes of opportunity, unfortunately,” said Vernon RCMP Const. Jocelyn Noseworthy.
Sometime on Dec. 10, a residence in the 6700 block of Apollo Road in Okanagan Landing was forcibly entered.
A television, two xBox 360s, video games, jewelry and other items were stolen.
A day earlier, policed received a report at 2:30 p.m. of an unknown man, seen by neighbours, leaving a home in the 4100 block of 24th Street.
“Police attended and found that a break-and-enter had taken place,” said Noseworthy. “Patrols were made but the man was not located.”
Jewelry and an undisclosed amount of cash were taken.
Police were given a description of a suspect believed responsible for a home break-in at around 1 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 5 in the 3600 block of 39th Avenue.
An undisclosed amount of cash was taken from the home, but the man fled the scene on-foot prior to police arrival.
The man was described as Caucasian, under the age of 30 and wearing a dark hoodie.
“We’ve lucked out this week where we’ve had neighbours phoning us, keeping an eye on the property which is fantastic,” said Noseworthy.
“If you see somebody that doesn’t fit or leaving house you’ve never seen before, it’s worth giving us a call or just question them as to why they are there.
“Surveillance video and alarms, big dogs and neighbours are the greatest ways to prevent someone breaking into your house.”
Anybody with any information on these or any of the incidents is asked to call the Vernon RCMP at 250-545-7171, or Crime Stoppers, anonymously, at 1-800-222-8477.