A Penticton man is facing charges after being allegedly caught outside a local pub in the early morning hours with stolen property.
Sheldon Edward Evans, 30, is facing charges of breaking and entering and possession of stolen property under $5,000.
According to court documents, Evans was released after a bail hearing in Penticton Provincial Court on a $500 recognizance.
On April 22 at 4:05 a.m. Penticton RCMP responded to an alarm at the Barley Mill Brew Pub at 2460 Skaha Lake Road.
Police said they were on scene within two minutes of being dispatched and observed a male holding a garbage bag behind the building.
Upon seeing Police, he ran from the officer who pursued him several blocks on foot and was assisted by other police officers who surrounded the area. The suspect male was caught and taken into custody. The garbage bag carried by the suspect contained dozens of cigarette packs.
An examination of the pub found that a ladder was used to get into the kitchen area through the skylight, RCMP said. The cigarette machine was damaged and empty and approximately 40 bottles of liquor were located stashed outside in boxes and in a shopping cart.
“This was a great response by the officers on duty by capturing a thief who has no regard for the damage caused in committing crimes against a local business”, said Cpl. Chris Richardson, B watch commander, “I want to ask that all of our citizens keep an eye out and report suspicious activity so that we can work together to catch more criminals in the act.”
Evans returns to court April 27.