Police Dog Helps in Teen Arrest

Vernon North Okanagan RCMP are investigating an armed robbery at a Vernon convenience store. 

Police say just before 4:30 Thursday, they responded to a report of an armed robbery at the 7-11 convenience store 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 went behind the counter where they allegedly grabbed cigarettes and an un-disclosed 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 men in the area matching the description of the suspects. One suspect was arrested without incident with the other suspect fleeing on foot from police. 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 man remains in police custody and is facing potential charges relating to robbery, theft under, assault with a weapon and mischief. A 36 year Vernon man 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. 

The employee injured during the incident suffered minor injuries as a result of the assault. 

RCMP continue to review the evidence and investigate.  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 www.nokscrimestoppers.com