Police nab robbery suspect

Jason Gurniak arrested and charged in connection with Cooper's Foods break-in in October

Hope RCMP arrested a 32-year-old man last Thursday in connection with a break-in at Cooper’s Foods in October.

An undisclosed quantity of cigarettes were stolen from the local grocery store on Oct. 18.

Jason Gurniak was arrested last week after police discovered evidence linking him to the break-in. He was charged with one count of “break and enter and commit indictable offense.” Gurniak, who police say has ties to Hope, was released from custody on Nov. 29 with several conditions.

Police are still looking for another man they believe was waiting in a getaway car.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Hope RCMP at 604-869-7750 or Crimestoppers at 1-888-222-TIPS (8477).

Hope RCMP also arrested two men at the Shell gas station on Old Hope-Princeton Way last Wednesday at about 7:45 p.m. The two employees noticed the men “acting suspiciously”outside. When they came inside and made threatening comments, one of the employees sent a text message to her boyfriend advising him she was in trouble. He in turn contacted police, who were nearby and attended the scene.

Johnathan Olson, 34, and Jay Roque, 33, were arrested and charged with possession of a stolen property, which was a brown 1988 Toyota Camry from Kamloops. Olson was also charged with operating a vehicle while disqualified.

Olson remains in custody, while Roque was released on a promise to appear in court.

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