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RCMP identifies and arrests suspect of armed robbery at Okanagan business

A man accused of attempting to rob a Lumby business while armed last week has been identified and arrested by the North Okanagan RCMP.

According to police, 57-year-old Danny John Charette walked into a business in the 2000 block of Vernon Street around 6:45 am on Tuesday, Nov. 24.

Charette was allegedly armed with a weapon when he entered the business and demanded both cash and lottery tickets from an employee.

When that employee reached to activate an alarm, Charette fled.

RCMP officers quickly arrived at the scene, but were unable to locate the suspect.

However, the employee was able to provide police with a detailed description of the suspect and a vehicle that was involved.

“Information provided by the witness, in addition to video surveillance from the business, was used by investigators to identify a person of interest,” said Cst. Chris Terleski.

“Further work by the investigator confirmed the person’s involvement in the crime and has subsequently led to their arrest.”

Charette is charged with one count of robbery and has been released from custody pending a future court appearance.

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