Busted While Sleeping in a Vehicle

Police say a concerned citizen called them to report a suspicious vehicle, which then lead front line officers to a possession of stolen property and drug trafficking investigation. 

On Monday, just before 10:00 am, the Vernon North Okanagan RCMP received a report from a citizen for what they believed to be suspicious activity, where two people, were fast asleep inside of a vehicle parked in the area of 2900 Lardeau Way in Vernon. 

Front line officers attended to the location where they located the vehicle and its occupants inside. Further investigation revealed the vehicle was reported stolen approximately a month prior as well as evidence to support alleged drug trafficking. Both occupants of the vehicle, a mn and woman, were apprehended without incident. 

“Having a keen sense of awareness of your area and surroundings is key to keeping yourself and your community safe,” says Cst. Kelly Brett. “This concerned citizen was aware enough to know that that vehicle and its occupants did not belong in that area and did the right thing by calling police. When something doesn’t feel right, it probably isn’t – listen to your gut”. 

The man remains in custody and the woman was released with a future court date. Both face possible charges of possession of stolen property and possession of a controlled substance for the purpose of trafficking.