VERNON BC: The Vernon North Okanagan RCMP is investigating an armed robbery that occurred overnight at a local convenience store…
On March 8th, 2018 just before 4:30 AM, the Vernon North Okanagan RCMP responded to a report of an armed robbery that occurred at the 7-Eleven convenience store located at 1250 Middleton Way in Vernon.
Two men entered the store with what appeared to be extendable batons and started to ran-sac the location, knocking food items from the shelves. The suspects then proceeded behind the counter where they allegedly grabbed cigarettes and an undisclosed amount of cash. Prior to the suspects fleeing, an employee was assaulted by one suspect and struck on the leg with a baton.
Police responded to the area within minutes and located two males in the area matching the description of the suspects. One suspect male was arrested without incident while the other suspect fled on foot. The male who fled has not been located by police.
“RCMP Police Service Dog ‘Cain’ and his handler Cst. Kevin Rutten were called to scene where ‘Cain’ quickly picked up a fresh track that lead police to a potential third suspect hiding under a tree,” says RCMP Cst. Kelly Brett. “Officers were efficient in responding to the scene, setting up containment and ultimately identifying two potential suspects involved in the robbery.”
A 16 year-old Vernon male remains in police custody and is facing potential charges relating to Robbery, Theft under $5,000, Assault with a Weapon and Mischief. A 36 year-old Vernon male also remains in police custody and is facing potential charges of possession of a controlled substance, breach of undertaking and obstruction of a police officer. Both made court appearances Friday.
The employee who was struck during the incident suffered minor injuries as a result of the assault.
RCMP continue to review the evidence and investigate the matter.
Anyone with any information in relation to this robbery are asked to contact the Vernon RCMP at 250-545-7171. Or remain anonymous by calling Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477, or leaving a tip online at http://www.nokscrimestoppers.com