On Tuesday June 4th at 12:15 PM, the Sooke RCMP Detachment received a report of a suspicious vehicle on George Lane in Sooke. Prior to officers arriving at the scene, a witness reported seeing a vehicle occupant holding a pistol, and updated police dispatch. Shortly afterwards, the officers also learned that the suspicious vehicle itself was reported stolen out of Nanaimo.
Officers located the vehicle and conducted a “high-risk vehicle stop” in this residential area. Three men from inside the vehicle were safely arrested.
It was determined the local male was being given a ride home, due to mobility issues, and was not related to the others. He was released on scene without charges.
The vehicle was searched subsequent to the arrest of the occupants. Located was a small quantity of methamphetamine, brass knuckles, balaclavas and a pellet pistol which is a replica, looking identical to a real pistol.
The Nanaimo males, ages 29 and 28 were held in custody to appear in Provincial Court in Colwood.
Charges recommended included weapons possession, possession of stolen property, possession of a controlled substance and various breach charges.
The Sooke RCMP would like to thank the members of the community for reporting the details of this suspicious vehicle so promptly, which facilitated the prompt arrest of these subjects, and return of the stolen vehicle to its owner.
S/Sgt. Jeff McArthur
Sooke RCMP can be reached at 250-642-5241