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Drugs, cash and plethora of stolen bikes seized in Vernon

Police executed a search warrant on 33rd street following a weapons complaint

A weapons complaint led to the seizure of a firearm, cash, drugs and stolen bikes in Vernon last week.

The Vernon North Okanagan RCMP responded to the weapons complaint at a residence in the 1600 block of 33rd Street Friday, Oct. 13, around 5:30 p.m. Multiple officers went to the property and brought a number of people into custody, including one person who had a warrant out for their arrest, said RCMP spokesperson Const. Chris Terleski.

While investigating, officers found a stolen bike inside the garage. The scene was held while police obtained a warrant to search the property.

The search was conducted later that evening and resulted in the seizure of drugs, cash and a handgun from the home. Multiple suspected and confirmed stolen e-bikes and mountain bikes were also recovered.

Terleski said several of the bikes have been returned to their owners. Police released photos of the 18 remaining bikes — one of which is a dirt bike and another a double bike — hoping to find their owners. The photos of the bikes can be found here.

“A few of these bikes we recovered had been reported as stolen and because of that, we were able to return them,” Terleski said. “It’s a good example of why we encourage everyone to report all stolen property to us. In the event we do find it later on, it makes it easier for us to get it back to where it belongs. In any case, we would love find the owners of these bikes so if yours has been stolen or gone missing, and you recognize one of these, give us a call.”

The investigation is continuing and once complete, it will be submitted to the BC Prosecution Service for an assessment of charges.

Anyone who believes one of the bikes is theirs and can prove ownership can contact Const. Shaun Miranda at 250-545-7171 and quote file number 2023-1834.

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Brendan Shykora

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I started as a carrier at the age of 8. In 2019 graduated from the Master of Journalism program at Carleton University.
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