Eviction leads to warrant

Police got more than they bargained for while watching over an eviction at a home on Mission Hill.

Const. Kelly Brett said a search warrant was obtained and executed by Vernon North Okanagan RCMP after an eviction notice was served on renters in the 1700 block of 33rd Street.

On March 8, the police responded to a residence known to police to keep the peace while occupants of the home were evicted.

Brett said after the occupants left the home, numerous items that were suspected as property obtained by crime and illicit drugs were spotted by police while on scene. 

“The property and persons located in the home at the time are known to police, therefore precautions were taken during the eviction to ensure the safety of those involved,” said Brett. “Once it was clear officers were dealing with appeared to be property obtained by crime, the home was secured and a search warrant was obtained.”

Police executed the warrant on March 9 and seized a large number of items, including suspected stolen tools, new small appliances, illicit drugs and a prohibited weapon. 

“The investigation into this incident is on-going and the work done by the front line officers to ensure drugs and weapons were taken off the street and stolen property returned to the rightful owners, is paramount to the commitment the Vernon North Okanagan RCMP has in keeping our community safe,” said Brett.

“The occupants of the home could face potential possession of stolen property, drug and weapon related charges.”

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