It started out as a report of a theft of a woman’s purse from a Vernon business.
In the end, Vernon RCMP had arrested a wanted prolific offender out of Alberta.
At about 3:50 p.m. on Dec. 5, a report of a theft of a woman’s purse from the Real Canadian Superstore came in. Store staff located the purse behind the building, and, according to RCMP, noticed a man nearby.
A short time later, staff spotted the man in the store and were certain he had shoplifted some items.
“He was arrested by our officers and was found to be in possession of stolen property,” said RCMP spokesperson Gord Molendyk.
While conducting their investigation, police found the suspect had 13 outstanding warrants out of Edmonton and Stony Plain, Alta., and was waiting disposition on eight other warrants.
The warrants are for sexual assault, break and enter and 10 other additional charges, along with two counts of failing to comply with conditions.
Shaun Wilfred Tyler Crane, 31, will be transported back to Alberta to face the charges.
“What will happen to the outstanding charges here is that will be held, and if everything is dealt with in Alberta, they’ll probably just waive them from here,” said Molendyk when asked about the Vernon incident.