Vernon RCMP recovered more than $27

Vernon RCMP recovered more than $27

Unruly hotel guests arrested by Vernon RCMP

Three men who caused disturbance in Holiday Inn Express found to have thousands in cash plus a handgun...

The Lower Mainland trio started out staying at a Vernon hotel.

They ended up with beds at the Vernon RCMP detachment.

Officers were called Saturday at 4 a.m. to a report of three guests causing a disturbance by banging on doors and being loud in the hallways at the Holiday Inn Express in the 4700 block of 34th Street.

“Just before our officers arrived, a second report came in with the caller stating that two males had just pulled the fire alarm (at the hotel),” said Vernon RCMP spokesperson Gord Molendyk. “The description was they were dressed in dark clothing and they had just left by the west doors.”

Police officers located the two men carrying bags. The pair turned away from police and began walking away. When officers told the two they were under arrest, they began to run, but were chased down and arrested.

“The investigation learned that there were three males associated to the hotel room and their associated vehicle was located in the parking lot,” said Molendyk. “The third suspect was found hiding in the vehicle. At first he refused to provide his identity.”

All of the men were searched incidental to their arrest and more $27, 000 in Canadian currency was located on them. Also located was a 22-calibre Glock pistol and an altered Glock magazine (where the bullets are kept).

“All three men were under the influence of alcohol at the time,” said Molendyk.

A Dodge Avenger was towed in for investigation purposes.

The three men, aged 26, 22 and 20 are all from the Lower Mainland area, and Molendyk said “one or two of them” are known to police in that area.

Charges being forwarded to Crown counsel for consideration include causing a disturbance, mischief, breach of probation (one of the suspects), possession of firearm, possession of a prohibited device (the magazine clip), obstruction and resisting arrest.

The trio were expected to appear in court Monday.