Two Vernon men are facing charges after a smash-and-grab spree downtown early Oct. 5.
Vernon police learned of a break and enter after a member of the public reported the door of the new gelato shop on 29th Avenue was smashed in as they passed by around 3 a.m.
La Carraia Gelato owner Fakri Fituri said thieves smashed the glass door at the 3000 29 Ave. location around 11:30 p.m., Oct. 4.
Once inside, Fituri said they took an iPad, money from the register and a cookie jar.
The investigation pointed to two people believed to be responsible for the break and enter, said Vernon North Okanagan RCMP media relations officer Const. Chris Terleski.
“As a result of the arrest, additional evidence was obtained by police linking one of the men to a number break and enters that occurred previously in the city.”
Jordan Andrew Penner, 32, is facing five counts of break and enter and 30-year-old Cody Alan MacDonald is charged with one count of break and enter.
Fituri said he’s felt a lot of love come through the doors Tuesday after sharing pictures of the damages online.
“That’s what Vernon is all about,” he said. “It’s such a great community.”
“The impact these types of crime have on our local businesses is significant,” Terleski said.
“We remain committed to work with our downtown partners to target and disrupt this type of criminal activity in our community.”
Both men remain in custody awaiting their next court appearance.