RCMP have arrested a suspect who allegedly committed two robberies over a two hour period in Vernon.
The first one occurred at a business in the 3100-block of Highway 6, around 1:45 Tuesday afternoon.
“The suspect male allegedly threatened staff and fled in a black Dodge truck with a stolen Alberta licence plate, prior to police arrival. The vehicle description and stolen licence plate, as well as the suspect description were disseminated to police working within the Okanagan corridor,” says Cpl. Tania Finn
About two hours later, around 3:45 pm, a second robbery occurred at a business in the 4800-block of 27 Street.
“The suspect allegedly fled with an undisclosed amount of cash, cigarettes and lottery tickets in a similar Dodge truck with the same stolen Alberta licence plate. Despite numerous patrols, the suspect vehicle was not located,” says Finn.
At around 4:30 pm, a police officer patrolling in Lake Country saw a black Dodge truck with the same stolen Alberta licence plate.
When the police officer attempted to initiate a traffic stop, the driver fled at a high rate of speed toward Kelowna.
“Police located the Dodge truck abandoned in downtown Kelowna and with the assistance of the RCMP Police Dog Service, a male suspect was taken into custody.”
A 28-year-old man from Kelowna will appear in Vernon court on numerous criminal charges.