A routine traffic stop in Hope ended up with police retrieving a stolen shotgun.
On November 15, at about 10 p.m., Hope RCMP stopped a car near the Ford and Fraser intersection.
After he approached the car, the officer noticed a shotgun in the back. The gun turned out to be stolen from a home in Burnaby.
Police then conducted a search warrant on two Hope residences, where they found shotgun ammunition along with several bags of what they say appears to be methamphetamine.
“It’s very nerve racking as a police officer to have a vehicle pulled over and see a firearm in the car,” said Cst. Tracy Wolbeck. “We got drugs and a very powerful firearm off the streets with this file and in our world that’s a big success.”
Justin Olson, 26, of Hope has been charged with possession of a firearm and remanded in custody.
Kyle Rowlinson, 27, of Hope has been charged with breach of undertaking, unauthorized possession of a firearm, occupying a vehicle in which there was a firearm, possession of firearm, careless use of a firearm, and possession of stolen property.
Rowlinson is also remanded in court.