(Black Press file photo)

Vernon resident comes home to find stranger inside

Footprints in snow lead Vernon police to the home intruder

A homeowner was shocked upon returning to his home in broad daylight to find a man rummaging through his belongings.

On Wednesday, Jan. 15, around 1:15 p.m., police were called to a residence on Black Rock Road in Vernon after a homeowner discovered a strange man inside his residence stealing household items.

When the homeowner came inside, he could hear movement around upstairs. He was not too concerned; he thought the noise was being made by a family member.

Then, to his surprise, an unknown man came down the staircase carrying two bags, which he then dropped upon being seen. When the homeowner confronted the suspect, the man walked out the door.

“The one good thing about all this freshly fallen snow is it made it relatively easy for our front line officers to follow the suspect,” said North Okanagan RCMP media relations officer Cpl. Tania Finn said.

Police followed the suspect’s tracks in the snow to a shed on a nearby property.

Police located the suspect hiding in the snowbank next to the shed where 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 and enter and theft.

READ MORE: Stuck semi, ditched vehicle slowing Highway 1 traffic near Salmon Arm

READ MORE: RCMP creating DNA profiles to help identify Canadians killed in Iran plane crash


@VernonNews
newsroom@vernonmorningstar.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Kelowna RCMP arrest alleged impaired driver

The driver is facing potential charges after power pole collision

West Kelowna Warriors host Trail Smoke Eaters

The Warriors are coming from a Saturday loss against the Vernon Vipers

UBCO announces new top boss for Okanagan campus

Lesley Cormack will start in the position this summer

Nine West Kelowna athletes to go to B.C. Winter Games

The athletes will compete in biathlon and cross country ski

Kelowna Toyota to attempt to break Guinness World Record for most stickers on a car

The event is being held to raise money for the Kelowna and West Kelowna fire departments

VIDEO: Ottawa wants quick, peaceful resolution to pipeline protests, Trudeau says

The protests have manifested themselves as blockades on different rail lines across the country

B.C. budget expected to stay the course as economic growth moderates

Finance minister said ICBC costs have affected budget

Canadian standards for coronavirus protection to be reviewed, health agency says

The protocols set out how health workers should protect themselves and their patients

South Okanagan mountain bore racist name for a half century

Nkawala Mountain was initially named in connection with the deaths of two black men.

Monday marks one-year anniversary of man missing from Langley

42-year-old B.C. man, Searl Smith, was last seen leaving Langley Memorial Hospital on Feb. 17, 2019

BC Ferries sailings filling up Family Day Monday

More than 20 sailings added between Swartz Bay and Tsawwassen for long weekend

Amtrak warns of delays as railways from Seattle to B.C. blocked by Wet’suwet’en supporters

Coastal GasLink said it’s signed benefits agreements with all 20 elected band councils along pipeline route

Federal emergency group meets on pipeline protests as rail blockades continue

There’s mounting political pressure for Trudeau to put an end to the blockades

VIDEO: Minister reports ‘modest progress’ after blockade talks with First Nation

Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs say Coastal GasLink does not have authority to go through their lands

Most Read