PENTICTON, BC: As part of an ongoing investigation into property crimes in the South Okanagan, the Penticton South Okanagan Similkameen RCMP Targeted Enforcement Unit arrested four people Tuesday morning…
Officers arrested the individuals at a local motel in Penticton as the group arrived in a pickup truck. Several uniform officers, plain clothes and a Police Service Dog team converged at the location mid morning to safely arrest the group.
Two men and two women all known to police face a number of charges stemming from the arrests. Officers located a loaded handgun, a long gun, various types of ammunition and a large amount of suspected stolen property believed to be from a number of break and enters.
Arrested was Waylon Faulhafer, 24, of Oliver, faces a number of charges including several firearms related offences, driving offences and possession of stolen property. Faulhafer was also wanted on an arrest warrant for break and enter out of Valemont, BC.
Also arrested was Jesse McKnight, 27, of Okanagan Falls faces two firearms related offences.
And the third was Chelsey Thorstensen, 30, of Oliver faces a firearms related offence. All three accused have been remanded into custody and are scheduled to appear in court on January 12, 2018. The fourth person arrested was released from custody on a promise to appear. That person’s name has not been released.
“Anytime that we can seize illegal firearms and get them off of the streets is a good thing. These arrests were the result of an intelligence led investigation and coordinated effort between various South Okanagan RCMP detachments” stated Cst. Heather Ritcey of the Penticton South Okanagan Similkameen Targeted Enforcement Unit.
Released by Penticton RCMP with edits by PJXM News.