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Cleaver carrying teen

A Penticton teen had reasons for acting suspiciously in downtown Vernon early Monday morning. It turns out he was out past his curfew and he was carrying weapons.

RCMP spokesman Gord Molendyk says just after midnight Monday morning police were doing patrols in the area near Safeway when they noticed two men.

“One male was wearing a heavy winter coat and had a white bandana over his chin,” says Molendyk, which alerted police. “When the officer spoke to him he appeared to be concealing something in his jacket.”

Police detained him for possession of a weapon and while conducting the investigation they found a small bat wrapped in electrical tape, a butcher’s cleaver, a hunting knife, a small hammer and mace. 

Once back at station the RCMP learned the 16-year-old Penticton teen was in violation of his 11 p.m. curfew and he had conditions to not possess any weapons.

He is being held in custody and is expected to appear in court Monday. 

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