April 23, 2014 - 10:48 AM
VERNON - A Vernon man spent time in a police cell over the weekend because concerned citizens thought he was trying to rob a store.
RCMP were called to a report of a man with a gun in downtown Vernon near Shoppers Drug Mart around 3:40 p.m. Sunday.
“(It was) a little scary down there.... Because he was near businesses in the downtown they figured this individual was about to commit a robbery,” RCMP spokesperson Gord Molendyk says.
Police say the man was drunk and carrying a black gun under his jacket when they arrived on scene and arrested the 56-year-old for possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose. He was detained in cells until he sobered up and relinquished what turned out to be a pellet gun.
“It turns out he had just purchased the pellet gun and was on his way home,” Molendyk says.
“Not the smartest thing to do.”
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