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Grad tradition doesn't sit well with Kelowna Mounties

Kelowna Mounties are sending out a warning after dealing with a new set of "grad kidnappings" last night.

The Kelowna RCMP were called to a suspicious occurrence on the 1800 block of Crossglen Court,  April 16 at 10:30 p.m.

"Apparently, a group of males exited three vehicles, all wearing masks and brandishing firearms," said Const. Kris Clark.

"Police located the young men nearby and determined that the were participating in a grad kidnapping. Police seized six imitation firearms and spoke with some parents. One guardian described the event as 'harmless pranks' but the police disagree, especially considering the recent gang activity and homicide in Kelowna involving automatic weapons."

Imitation firearms may be considered to be firearms under the Criminal Code if they are used in a criminal or negligent manner. Using an imitation firearm, even for a "harmless prank," is not laughing matter and could result in criminal charges.

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