Kelowna RCMP chase down hoopsters

Kelowna RCMP close in on two youths believed to be carrying a hand gun this afternoon in the Subway at Gordon and Lawrence.   - Doug Farrow/Contributor
Kelowna RCMP close in on two youths believed to be carrying a hand gun this afternoon in the Subway at Gordon and Lawrence.
— image credit: Doug Farrow/Contributor


Two high school basketball players from Surrey in town to play in a high school hoops tournament this weekend were the recipients of the Kelowna RCMP's version of a full court press this afternoon.
Kelowna RCMP plain clothes officers were at the Capri Mall on an investigation when they observed to males walking across the Capri Mall parking.
The officers watched  the males until they got to the Subway at the 1100 block of Lawrence Avenue, where they met up with another 10 young males.
The officers called general dutOand once the customers cleared from the store, they called  the store phone and advised the staff to leave via the back door.
Once the staff were out, police had the males exit the store and arrested them in the parking lot.
There were a total of 12 suspects arrested, all members of the basketball team.
A further search revealed that two guns seized were replica toy guns.
All the suspects were subsequently released without charges.
"Based on the totality of the situation, police treated this incident seriously," said a police news release. "Police and public perceive replicas to be real and until proven otherwise. Although it may appear to be an innocent act, seeing a gun in someone's waist band is a huge safety concern."


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