Firearms were taken off the street and a suspicious vehicle was towed, as part of 300-plus calls Kamloops Mounties attended to over the weekend.
A loaded sawed-off shotgun and a replica assault-rifle pellet gun were seized by police at about 1:30 p.m. Saturday (Jan. 16), after police responded to a reported domestic assault and theft involving a gun at Tamarack Avenue residence on the North Shore.
“Officers attended the address and spoke to its lone occupant, who denied any assault having occurred and invited police in to look for firearms,” Kamloops RCMP Const. Crystal Evelyn said in a press release.
Police, however, did locate firearms inside the home, which the resident denied owning. The guns were seized for destruction and police continue to investigate.
At about 4:30 a.m. on Monday, police received a report of a man with a firearm at an address in the 100-block of Victoria Street. Officers attended, found a man matching the description provided and seized a firearm located nearby.
The man also had an unendorsed warrant for theft under $5,000 and was subsequently taken into police custody and held for court.
Possible offences related to the firearm are still under investigation.
Police also had a vehicle “associated to suspicious activity” towed on Saturday at about 10:30 p.m.
An officer was patrolling the 400-block of Greenstone Drive, when he came across a silver Chevrolet Malibu in a parking lot with its back windows rolled down and a mismatched license plate, Evelyn said. When the officer looked inside the car, he observed its ignition had been ripped from the dash. Zip ties, a box of cellphones and drug paraphernalia were also present.
Earlier this month, the same vehicle was reported as suspicious, after it fuelled up without turning its engine off, Evelyn said.
Police contacted the vehicle’s last known registered owner, who stated it had changed ownership several times since being sold. The vehicle was towed after police spoke with the building’s manager, who wanted the car removed.
Kamloops RCMP responded to approximately 339 calls for service from midnight Friday January 15, to 9 a.m. on Monday January 18, 2021.