Vernon-North Okanagan RCMP report quiet Halloween

It was an uneventful Halloween evening for the Vernon-North Okanagan RCMP detachment.

Police responded to less than 80 calls for service in the entire detachment coverage area.

“Overall it was a quiet night but there were a few interesting calls for our officers,” said RCMP spokesperson Gord Molendyk.

One of those interesting calls was from downtown Vernon at around 11 p.m.

A bylaw officer reported two men walking south on 32nd Street dressed in dark clothing and one carrying a baseball bat.

An RCMP officer stopped the pair and searched both men.

The officer located a replica pellet handgun, an exacto knife and a lock blade knife on one suspect. The other suspect, 17, also had a knife on him, contrary to conditions on his probation order and recognizance.

He was arrested for the breaches.

Officers seized the knives, pellet gun and assorted tools.

The second man, 20, was allowed to go home.

At around 10:40 p.m., officers were in the area of the Real Canadian Superstore parking lot where they noticed a woman they had earlier seen wandering around downtown.

“When they asked the female for identification she stated she didn’t have any,” said Molendyk. “She did provide a name, however our officers were a bit suspicious of it.”

After speaking further to the woman, she provided her real name and advised she did not want police to know her name as she was on conditions not to leave the city of Kelowna.

The officers also noticed the smell of liquor on her.

The 44-year-old Kelowna resident admitted to the consumption of liquor, for which she was also on conditions to abstain.

She was returned to the Vernon detachment for court Thursday morning.

“It turns out that she is a suspect in the taking of an auto without the owner’s consent out of Kelowna earlier in the day,” said Molendyk, adding officers located the vehicle a short distance from where the woman was arrested.



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