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Busy weekend for RCMP

It was a busy weekend for first responders in the North Okanagan.

On Dec. 29, Vernon RCMP responded to a report of several collisions involving one vehicle. When police arrived, the occupants of the car had already left the scene.

The occupants were later identified as a 78-year-old female and her 64-year-old passenger. It appeared the driver was suffering from a stroke and had side swiped several vehicles before a Good Samaritan assisted with stopping the car. The vehicles struck were parked in front of the Natures Fares store on 34th Avenue. The driver is still in hospital.

Just before 8 a.m., a concerned citizen alerted Vernon police to a group of men slamming doors on a vehicle. When officers arrived they found a 40-year-old man and a 21-year-old man from Enderby sitting inside a dark Honda.

They told police they were trying to get warm and stay out of the cold and snow. When officers searched the car, they found stolen property related to a break and enter to several businesses in the Enderby area earlier that morning.

Later that same day, officers from the North Okanagan detachment were called to a robbery at the Enderby Inn Liquor Store around 10:20 p.m.

The cashier described the male suspect as approximately 6 feet tall, 150 pounds wearing a white hoody up over his head, and a dark colored scarf around his face.  The clerk says the man showed a knife, walked around the counter and took some cash and cigarettes before leaving the store.

On Dec. 30, at 10:30 a.m., North Okanagan RCMP attended a call of a robbery in progress at the Dollar Store in Enderby. The lone employee was in the rear of the store while a man attempted to pry open the cash register with a knife. The suspect was described as approximately 30 years old, standing 5’9 and wearing a black hoody with a black puffy jacket and a scarf covering the lower portion of his face. He was no longer at the scene when officers arrived.

Just before 5 a.m. this morning, crews responded to a report of a fire in the 3200 block of 25 Street in Vernon. The owner reported his 2002 Honda Accord was on fire in his driveway. The Vernon Fire Department extinguished the blaze, which has been deemed suspicious in nature and is being investigated.

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