RCMP Looking for Witnesses

Vernon North Okanagan RCMP continue to investigate a possible child luring incident that occurred on Tuesday February 27th in the Armstrong area.  Since the original release, new information has surfaced in relation to the suspect truck involved. 

The truck involved is described as being an older model Chevrolet Silverado with the letters "Z-71" on the rear passenger panel as well as may have branded lettering on the rear window of "Chevrolet". 

Witness reports also suggest there was a black pick up truck behind the white truck at the time and may have witnessed the event.  RCMP would like to speak to the driver of the black truck that may have been a witness. 

If you or anyone has any information in regards to this incident please contact the Armstrong RCMP at 250-546-3028. Or remain anonymous by calling Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477, or leaving a tip online at www.nokscrimestoppers.com. 

Original Release:

Vernon North Okanagan RCMP are asking for the public’s assistance in locating the male driver who reportedly offered two children a ride home in the Otter Lake Rd and MacDonald Rd intersection.

On February 27th, 2018 at approximately 4:00 pm Vernon North Okanagan RCMP received a complaint of a possible child luring incident where two middle school students were asked if they wanted a ride home. The two children were walking along Otter Lake Rd, near the MacDonald Rd intersection, Armstrong, when the male driver offered them a ride home. The male driver is described as an older Caucasian male with grey hair and sunglasses, wearing a brown jacket and blue jeans, driving a white older model pickup truck. 

A licence plate was not obtained and the make and model of the truck has not been confirmed. Police conducted patrols of the area and the community but were unable to locate the vehicle or male in question. 

“At this time our investigators are aware of the recent reports of similar incidents and are examining all of the information and continue to seek the public’s assistance.” Says Cst. Kelly Brett. “Our communities should be mindful of these incidents and we ask that anything felt to be suspicious in nature be reported to the police right away”. 

The RCMP is asking the male driver to contact the Armstrong RCMP detachment in order to clarify his actions and hopefully shed some light on this reported incident. 

The children’s actions in this situation are commended as they declined to speak to the male, however RCMP are reminding parents to discuss personal awareness and safety strategies with their children.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact the Armstrong RCMP at 250-546-3028. Or remain anonymous by calling Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477, or leaving a tip online at www.nokscrimestoppers.com.