Arrest in Break and Enters


A 37 year old Vernon man is facing numerous charges after being caught breaking into a residence in the 3400 block of 35th Ave in Vernon on January 3rd, 2017.

At approximately 2 PM Vernon/North Okanagan RCMP received a call from a man who stated someone had just broken into his house. When he confronted the intruder, the man assaulted him and fled.

Several neighbours witnessed the man fleeing the scene and apprehended him a few blocks away, until police arrived and arrested him.

The man who's house was broken into suffered minor injuries as a result of the assault.

Investigation by Vernon/North Okanagan RCMP tied the suspect to another residential break and enter which occurred on January 2nd, 2017 at a residence in the 4200 block of 34th St in Vernon.

In that incident a woman called police to advise that she had left her four children asleep in her residence while she dropped her spouse of to work. When she returned to her residence at approximately 9 AM she noticed several items, mostly electronic devices, were missing. Witnesses saw a man fleeing the residence on foot.

37 year old William Mathieson was arrested and held in custody to appeared before the Vernon Provincial Court on Tuesday. He is facing charges of Break and Enter, Assault, and Possession of Break-In Instruments for the incident on January 3rd. He is facing a charge of Break and Enter for the incident on January 2nd.  Police say he had outstanding warrants for Break and Enter, and Theft.

Mathieson has been remanded in custody. His next court appearance is scheduled for January 11th.