Vernon Homeowner Surprises Burglar


A homeowner was shocked to return to his house in the middle of the afternoon to find a man helping himself to household items. On the afternoon of Wednesday January 15th at approximately 1:15 pm, police were called to a residence on Black Rock Road in Vernon after a homeowner discovered an unknown man inside his residence stealing household items

When the homeowner came inside his house, he heard someone moving around the upper floor of his residence. Believing the noise was caused by a family member, the homeowner was not too concerned. The homeowner was shocked to see an unknown man come down the staircase carrying two bags. The man dropped one of the bags and walked out the door when the homeowner confronted the suspect. When police arrived, the front line officers were able to follow the tracks in the snow to a shed on a nearby property.

The one good thing about all this freshly fallen snow, said Corporal Tania Finn, Media Relations Officer for the Vernon North Okanagan RCMP, is it made it relatively easy for our front line officers to follow the suspect.

Police located the suspect hiding in the snowbank next to the shed and he was arrested without further incident. The homeowner’s property, which was stolen during the break in, was recovered by police. A 47 year old man of no fixed address is in custody and charged with break, enter and theft.