VERNON — Two suspects were arrested — including a 16 year old boy — after a violent robbery at the 7-11 store on Middleton Way in Vernon.
Police say around 4:30 this morning, two males 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 went behind the counter where they grabbed cigarettes and some cash.
Prior to fleeing, an employee was assaulted by one suspect and struck on the leg with a baton.
Police responded to the area within minutes and took two males into custody.
“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.”
Charges are pending against the 16 and 36 year old suspects.
The employee injured during the incident suffered minor injuries
“A 16 year old Vernon male remains in police custody and is facing potential charges relating to robbery, theft under, assault with a weapon and mischief,” says Brett. “A 36 year Vernon male 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. Both males are scheduled to appear in court on today’s date.”
RCMP continue to review the evidence and investigate the matter.
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.
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