RCMP arrest Kelowna woman amid alleged Vernon robbery – Kelowna Capital News

RCMP arrest Kelowna woman amid alleged robbery in Vernon

Police noticed a person lying under a vehicle using some kind of power tool

A Kelowna woman is facing potential criminal charges after a whistleblower caught her trying to steal a catalytic converter from a vehicle in Vernon early Thursday morning.

A Vernon North Okanagan RCMP officer was proactively patrolling the 2400 block of 14th Avenue when he noticed a person lying under a vehicle operating some kind of power tool on January 13 at approximately 2 30 a.m. The officer arrested the suspect and after further investigation recovered a reciprocating saw along with a severed catalytic converter from the vehicle. Further checks by police confirmed that the woman is bound by conditions not to possess any tools.

“The officer recognized something out of the ordinary and by trusting his instincts and investigating further he was able to interrupt a crime and apprehend the person responsible,” said Const. said Chris Terleski. “This is another example of the great work of the police and how, through the proactive efforts of our officers, we are able to reduce this type of crime and others in our community.”

The 53-year-old remains in custody and is due in court later today.

The police continue to investigate.

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