Witnesses Description Helps in Bike Recovery
The Vernon Recreation Centre is used by many patrons during the summer months and youths are regularly seen riding their bikes around the facility and making use of the bike racks located at the main entrance. RCMP say Tuesday night at approximately 6:30 pm, they responded to a report that a man approached the bike rack, cut the lock and fled the area on one the bike. This brazen theft took place within a matter of minutes in a busy area within sight of people coming and going from the facility. A witness immediately advise police of the theft which included a detailed description of the suspect. The owner of the bike was located inside the facility and was able to provide police with information about the mountain bike. Despite numerous patrols that evening by police, the suspect and the stolen bike could not be located.
The following morning, police officers from the Vernon/North Okanagan RCMP’s Crime Reduction Unit were starting shift and learned the details of the theft and suspect description.
“Our Crime Reduction Unit immediately recognized the distinct description given for the suspect as an individual they had interaction with this summer.” said Corporal Tania Finn, Media Relations Officer with the Vernon North Okanagan RCMP. “Within a few minutes of hitting the streets, the Crime Reduction Unit located the suspect in an area he was known to frequent and recovered the stolen mountain bike.”
The owner of the mountain bike, a local teenager who had saved his money to purchase his bike just this summer, received a very welcome call from police advising the bike had been located and has since been reunited with his property.
A 31 year old man from Alberta was arrested and is currently in custody facing charges of theft under $5000 and possession of stolen property.