A 30-year-old Vernon man is in custody after damaging several vehicles in a parking lot on 27th Street while fleeing from a crime.
A heavy police presence was reported Tuesday, Oct. 13, out front of the Canadian Tire around 10 a.m., they were responding to a reported shoplifting.
Employees of a business in the 4900 block of 27th Street called police after observing a man shoplift an item from the store.
The man quickly left and attempted to drive away in order to avoid apprehension by the store’s staff.
“During his attempts to flee, the suspect drove into several vehicles in the parking lot,” Vernon North Okanagan RCMP media relations officer Const. Chris Terleski said.
Store staff were able to contain the man until police arrived once the man’s vehicle became disabled, Terleski said.
The man is still in custody and the investigation is ongoing.