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Press Briefing for death of Taylor Van Diest

South East District Major Crime Section working with the Vernon/North Okanagan Detachment is investigating the homicide of Taylor Van Diest age 18 years of Armstrong. What is known is that Taylor was going out last evening for Halloween. It is not clear who she was to meet with. RCMP officers friends and family were able to locate her few feet away from these tracks, around time 8:45 PM she was severely injured.

Taylor was rushed to Vernon Hospital and then transferred to Kelowna Hospital where she succumbed to her injuries.

The investigating officers are asking the public's assistance to provide any information you have about activity that might have taken place around this area of the community last evening. Also anyone who might have seen Taylor yesterday and into the evening are asked to call your local police detachment, Armstrong Det: 250-546-3028 Vernon Det: 250 545-7171 or Crime Stoppers.

The Van Diest family is asking the media personal to respect their privacy during this very difficult time as they deal with this tragic event.

 
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Vernon RCMP investigate robbery at Royal Bank

At about 3:00PM today the officers from the Vernon Detachment were called to a report of a robbery at the Royal Bank at the Polson Mall off Hwy #6. The male suspect indicated to the clerk that he had a weapon. The clerk provided an undisclosed amount of cash and the suspect left the bank. The suspect is described as being in his mid approx 5'9" with a stalky build, between 25 to 30 yrs wearing a black ball cap and a black wind breaker; the suspect has brown hair and clean shaven with brown eyes.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact the Vernon detachment of the RCMP or call Crime Stoppers.

 
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Vernon RCMP investigating a report of a robbery

At about 11:15AM today (June 1, 2011) the Vernon RCMP were called to a report of a robbery near the downtown Safeway. The female victim reported that she was robbed at knife point. The suspect took off with her purse containing her Id and other personal items.

The suspect in this case is described as a native male, 30-38 yrs old about 165 lbs, 5'10 to 6 feet tall. The suspect was wearing a red hoodie with the hood pulled up over his head and dark pants. The female victim received minor injuries to her arm during the robbery. Patrols of the area and the Police service dog were not able to locate the suspect. Police are asking anyone with any information about this robbery or anyone who may have seen it to call Crime Stoppers of the police office.

 
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RCMP in the Vernon Investigate Home Invasion

On May 03, 2011 members of the Vernon RCMP responded to a call of a home invasion in the 4000 block of 24th Ave.

The large male suspect wearing a dark blue or black hoodie, grey jogging pants and a balaclava kicked in the front door of the residence, produce a large knife and began making demands of the residents. The suspect then grabbed a large floor safe weighing approximately 70 lbs and fled the residence on foot, eastbound on 24th Ave. The occupants of the home were unharmed.

Police Service Dog was called in to assist with the track of the suspect. Within a block of the crime scene the safe was located, discarded. No suspect has been arrested in this case and police are asking anyone with information to contact Vernon RCMP or Crime Stoppers.

 

 
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Early morning Break and Enter causes thousands in damages

At approximately 6:23 AM this morning, officers from the Vernon Detachment were dispatched to a report of a Break and Enter to the Royal Bank in Vernon, located at 2306 on Highway 6.

Nighthawk Security was on site when officers arrived. The front doors and windows of the bank were completely destroyed.

Investigation has learned that a truck was driven backwards into the bank stopping just short of the front counter. The close circuit TV in the bank has been able to capture still images of the two male suspects. The face of one of the males is partially concealed with a hoody. The male in passenger side of the vehicle was not able to get out of the vehicle as the folding curtain was up against the door and would not allow him out.

The Driver jumped over counter and went behind; nothing appears to have been stolen. Both males left in the vehicle, it was a 2000 Ford, F-250 white, extra cab. The vehicle was recovered stolen with considerable damage to it as short time later. As the suspects drove away, a chain that was attached to the back of the vehicle swung wildly and smashed out windows of a business on the way past causing more damage.

Our identification section was called to the scene to assist in collecting evidence of this senseless crime.

Two pictures of the suspects are attached; we are waiting for a copy of the video of incident it is being sent from Royal Bank security.

The police are asking anyone who can possibly identify they two suspects or know anything about this Break and Enter to call the at 250-545-7171 or call Crime Stoppers.

 
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Members from the Vernon RCMP office are asking the public for their assistance in identifying a pick-up truck that was involved in a Hit and Run on Kalamalka Lake Rd at the intersection of 14th Ave around 8:30 AM on Wednesday Dec 8th.
 
A white Chevy pickup ranging in age from 2000 to 2005 was involved in a hit and run accident at that intersection. It will have damage to the front driver’s side panel as he sideswiped a vehicle traveling north while the suspect vehicle was driving south. The suspect pickup truck had black lettering on the side and it is believed to have been a company vehicle of some kind. A black fender flare (guard around the wheel well) was ripped off in the collision. The car that was hit sustained moderate damage to it as a result.

The police are asking anyone with information about this accident or can identify this vehicle to please contact the Vernon RCMP at 250-545-7171 or call Crime Stoppers, at 1800 222 8477.

 
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Police seek help in locating the owner of a stolen trailer. Last Wednesday night unknown person or persons went on a vandalism spree at the Toyota lot in Vernon numerous vehicle were damaged there was body damage and broken windows as a result. It appeared the suspects used large rocks to do the damage, it is estimated there is about $9000.00 in damages. Anyone with any information is asked to call the RCMP or Crime Stoppers.
 
 
 
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Last Wednesday night unknown person or persons went on a vandalism spree at the Toyota lot in Vernon numerous vehicle were damaged there was body damage and broken windows as a result. It appeared the suspects used large rocks to do the damage, it is estimated there is about $9000.00 in damages. Anyone with any information is asked to call the RCMP or Crime Stoppers.
 
 
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Police investigate two vehicle fires in Enderby

On Sept 17th shortly after 9:00PM, the RCMP officers from Enderby along with the fire department were called to a vehicle fire in the 6500 block of Hwy 97A. While they were still dealing with the first fire, a second report came in of a second fire in the 7200 block of Hwy 97A. The two fires are just a short distance away and there are some indications that the two fires could be linked together and they are suspicious in nature.

Police are continuing to investigate these two suspicious fires. The Enderby RCMP office is asking anyone who has any information about these fire or who might be responsible to contact them at 250-838-6818 or call Crime Stoppers at 1 800 222 8477 or go to the website at nokscrimestoppers.com

 
 
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Police and the fire dept kept busy with fires

Around 0230hrs, this morning the Swan Lake Fire department received a report of a grass fire around a power pole near the intersection of L&A Road and Silver Star Rd. The investigation learned a Molotov cocktail was used to start the fire.

At approximately 0420hrs, one of our officers noticed a flash then discovered a fire burning near two parked vehicles on the 3500 block of 24th Avenue, both suffered tire damage from the fire.  The remains of a Molotov cocktail was also found burning at the scene.  A third was found burning in the 3100 block of 16th Ave about ten minutes later.  Burn marks were found on a parked vehicle beside the unexploded Molotov cocktail.  Then approximately 15 to 20 minutes later the Landing Fire Department called to advise that they were putting out a fire by the bridge near Kin Beach, also started by an exploded Molotov cocktail. 

Police are looking into these incidents to determine if there is a possibility they are related to last week’s fires near The Rise off of Tronson Rd, in which a parked boat and a parked GMC Suburban were damaged by Molotov cocktails as well. 

The RCMP and fire departments are very concerned about this rash of fire incidents and are asking anyone with any information about the person or persons responsible, or any other information about these crimes to call them at the Vernon RCMP or Fire departments, or Crime Stoppers 1-800-222 8477 or at our web site at www.nokscrimestoppers.com

 
 
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2010-17927: On Friday evening shortly after 11:00PM, a 36-year-old Vernon man was sitting in his car at the Esso service station at Okanagan Ave and Tronson Rd when a suspect male walked up grabbed him by the throat and robbed him of his wallet and cell phone.

The suspect is described as a Caucasian male 6’ tall with brown hair and thin build he was driving a smaller white pick-up truck.

 
     
 
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