Routine police check yields anything but routine results
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 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.