Rou­tine po­lice check yields any­thing but rou­tine re­sults

The Daily Courier - - FRONT PAGE - By Daily Courier Staff

Ver­non po­lice seized nu­mer­ous weapons from in­side a ve­hi­cle where a man was found sleep­ing Thurs­day morn­ing, but the driver is not fac­ing charges.

Ver­non RCMP of­fi­cers were called to a re­port of a sus­pi­cious male sleep­ing in a ve­hi­cle parked in the Okana­gan Land­ing Plaza lot on 25 Av­enue just be­fore 10 a.m.

On ar­rival, of­fi­cers found a lone male sleep­ing in the driver’s seat of the ve­hi­cle. He had al­legedly been there for more than three hours.

While speak­ing with the man, of­fi­cers saw what they be­lieved to be a long gun in the back of the ve­hi­cle.

They then placed the driver un­der ar­rest for safety rea­sons, said Const. Kelly Brett.

A search of the ve­hi­cle re­vealed nu­mer­ous weapons, in­clud­ing an an­tique re­volver, a .22-cal­i­bre ri­fle, am­mu­ni­tion, nu­mer­ous knives and im­i­ta­tion weapons.

In­ves­ti­ga­tors seized the weapons from the ve­hi­cle, but there were in­suf­fi­cient grounds to per­mit fur­ther con­tem­pla­tion of pos­si­ble charges against the 26-year-old driver, said Brett, adding he was from Sur­rey.

“The dili­gence ex­er­cised by the . . . of­fi­cers per­mit­ted us to re­move these weapons from cir­cu­la­tion amongst the crim­i­nal el­e­ment,” she said. No fur­ther in­for­ma­tion was re­leased.

Ver­non RCMP photo

Ver­non RCMP dis­cov­ered nu­mer­ous weapons and am­mu­ni­tion in­side a ve­hi­cle where a man was found sleep­ing in a Ver­non park­ing lot. The weapons were seized, but the po­lice are not pur­su­ing charges.

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