Would-be thief thwarted

A would-be thief was thwarted by a quick-thinking employee over the weekend in Vernon. 

A man entered a business in the 3100 block of Coldstream Ave Friday night around 10:00. He allegedly produced what appeared to be a firearm and demanded cash from the two employees. 

RCMP say the attempted robbery went sideways for the man once he realized one of the employees hit the panic alarm and police were on the way.  

"The male quickly turned around and left the business empty-handed without incident," said Const. Kelly Brett.

The two employees were not injured. 

The would-be thief is described as:

  • Caucasian male
  • Approximately 5-foot-11
  • He was wearing a black hat and black sweater with the word Puma on the front.
  • He was also wearing black pants, black and white Adidas shoes and he was carrying a black bag.

There have been a number of robberies over the past few weeks. Other than an arrest made earlier in the month, Const. Brett says that at this point RCMP do not consider the robberies to be connected. 

"There are different M.O.s, there are different suspect descriptions; I can't say that these are all linked together. We can't link them until we have a suspect's name and proven identity."

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