Nanaimo Officers seize cache of weapons from trio of fifteen year olds

Nanaimo, BC – A couple of Nanaimo Mounties were quite astounded after finding a small cache of weapons on several youths found prowling the streets late at night.

At approximately 3:20 AM on Wednesday June 12th, the officers spotted three youths, later determined to all 15 years old, sauntering along Northfield Road. One of the three appeared to have an object hanging from his waist, which piqued the interest of the officers, who decided they should have a chat with the group. The object turned out to be a bat, which the 15 year said was found roadside and was being used for baseball in a nearby field. The officer wasn’t buying his explanation and told all three to remove any other weapons in their possession.


The youth in question first pulls out a hatchet, then a 5 ” double sided knife, a multi-tool and lastly a can of spray paint. Another youth reaches into his backpack and not to be out done, produces a hammer and box cutter. The third youth did not have any weapons. After securing the weapons, the officer asked the obvious question “why all the weapons” to which the youths responded collectively “for protection”. All of the weapons were apparently found.

The three boys were given a ride home and delivered to their respective parents. The weapons and tools seized will all be destroyed. The officers provided a Coles version of events to the waiting parents and then departed. “There is no need for anyone to be walking around in our community with these kinds of items as they could easily end up being used against you.Secondly, some of the weapons, namely the hatchet, double sided knife and hammer could lead to criminal code charges if they are used inappropriately,” said Constable Gary O’Brien of the Nanaimo RCMP.

File # 2019-21750

Nanaimo RCMP

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