Traffic stop nets bad guy

A routine traffic stop got Vernon RCMP a lot more than they expected.

Const. Kelly Brett said on Jan. 31 at approximately 2 a.m., a member of the Vernon detachment conducted what he thought was going to be a regular traffic stop for speeding and a no insurance violation, but instead found an alleged break and enter suspect sitting in the driver's seat.

Brett said the male driver was identified by police and arrested for allegedly breaking and entering into a home on 30th Avenue on Jan. 22.

Found in his possession were some of the victims belongings from that break and enter as well as numerous other break-and-enter instruments.

“Routine traffic stops can be one of the highest risk things police officers do, as you never know what or who you are going to encounter,” said Brett. “This particular stop went well and the officer was able to identify the suspect and take him into custody without incident.”

Bradley Joy, 37, or Vernon, was charged with two counts of possessing a prohibited weapon, possession of property obtained by crime and possession of break and enter instruments.

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