Rutland robbery suspect remains behind bars

The Kelowna man police arrested last week for his alleged involvement in a pawnshop robbery, will remain behind bars until a court date scheduled for later this month.

In a dramatic show, police arrested Zachary William Worrall, 23,  Thursday for his alleged involvement in the Feb. 8 robbery of Savemore Pawnbrokers on Asher Road. The person behind that crime, got away with a significant amount of jewellery, after catching pawnshop owner Jan Verhagen by surprise and repeatedly striking him in the back of the head and arm.

With nearly two weeks of healing from a broken arm and various other injuries behind him, Verhagen, 54, said he's pleased to hear there's been an arrest, and that the violent episode has refreshed an old lesson.

"I turned my back on someone, which I shouldn't have done … I won't do that again," he said, remarking that his size usually acts as a deterrent to people who go by his shop with criminal-intent.

"It could have been a lot worse. I've had friends of mine in this business, who weren't so lucky."

Verhagen has also learned a bit about the brighter side of humanity this last couple weeks.

"The people here in Rutland have been good to me," he said.

"They've dropped me off baking stuff, someone shovelled my driveway on Saturday and I've had so many cards, and calls and stuff like that. It's been nice."

Worrall is scheduled to appear in Court on Feb. 27.

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