Guns of the BB and Nerf variety — but ones that looked like real firearms — kept Kamloops Mounties busy over the Victoria Day long weekend, one that featured 455 calls for service.
Const. Crystal Evelyn said police received two reports involving a potential weapon on Monday, May 24 (Victoria Day) — the first was received around 5:10 p.m. in the 1000-block of Hillside Drive in Southgate and the second at 7:20 p.m. downtown at Victoria Street and Second Avenue.
Evelyn said one of the reports described the gun as a toy, the other as a rifle that was allegedly pointed at someone from a vehicle.
Officers found a vehicle matching the description in the alleyway at Seymour Street and Sixth Avenue.
“The weapon was quickly identified as an orange toy,” Evelyn said of the Nerf gun. “The vehicle’s occupants were spoken to about their actions and how alarming seeing a gun of any kind can be to the public.”
Shortly afterwards, a man was arrested following a report involving a potential handgun in Riverside Park.
At 8:15 p.m., officers responded to the Lorne Street area downtown, where a man in dark clothes and a green hat had allegedly been holding what appeared to be a pistol and walking toward two people.
Evelyn said officers patrolled the area on foot, located a man matching the description provided and detained him. She said a BB gun was allegedly tucked in his waistband and seized by police. The suspect also had a warrant for his arrest for failing to comply with probation.
A 30-year-old Kamloops man remains in custody until his next court appearance in June.
Anyone with information on that investigation is asked to call Kamloops RCMP at 250-828-3000 and reference file 2021-17009.
A man was arrested and stolen property was returned to its rightful owners following a report of a theft in progress on May 24.
At 11 p.m., officers responded to the 200-block of Lorne Street downtown, where a man in a red sweater was allegedly stealing from parked vehicles. Police found a man matching the description inside a truck. He was arrested and all recovered property was returned to its owners, who did not wish to pursue charges.
Stolen vehicle recovered
A vehicle reported as stolen from a driveway on Grand Boulevard in Valleyview was recovered by police at the Acadian Motel in the 1300-block of Columbia Street downtown a couple of days later.
On May 21, at just before 8 a.m., Mounties received a report of a black Ford Focus hatchback stolen from a driveway earlier that morning, after the keys for it had been left in another unlocked vehicle. On May 23, an off-duty police officer saw the vehicle in a parking lot. Police then retrieved the stolen car.
Anyone with information related to that investigation is asked to contact the Kamloops RCMP at 250-828-3000 and reference file 2021-16585.