Bail denied after multiple guns found in vehicle

A man was denied bail after multiple guns were allegedly found in his vehicle by police in Summerland.

A man was denied bail after multiple guns were allegedly found in his vehicle by police in Summerland.

Richard Arthur Crawford, 34, is charged with careless use or storage of a firearm, possessing a weapon for a dangerous purpose, possessing a firearm without license or registration, occupying a vehicle knowing a firearm is present, mischief, uttering threats and two counts of breaching a recognizance.

On Jan. 16 at around 10 a.m. Penticton RCMP received an anonymous weapons complaint. Crown alleged that the anonymous caller said Crawford had a handgun, bulletproof vest and was threatening to kill someone. Penticton and Summerland RCMP members talked to a former girlfriend of Crawford’s, Dierdie Simms, who could not confirm that he had a weapon, but identified the vehicle he was driving.

Police located the vehicle and arrested Crawford and during their search found a kevlar vest which Crawford told police was for bull riding. Crawford was eventually released.

Later that day, around 9:45 p.m., Crown said police received a report that Crawford was at a residence attempting to kick the door in.

“Simms was not aware if he had any firearms, but was informed by the neighbours Crawford was going door to door asking about (a man) and saying that he was going to shoot him,” Crown counsel Kevin Fotty said during Crawford’s bail hearing Jan. 18 in Penticton Provincial Court.

Police stopped Crawford’s suspected vehicle near 10 p.m. in front of Giant’s Head School. Crown alleged police noticed a silver handgun with a black handle partially buried in the snow of the box of Crawford’s pick-up truck. Crawford was placed under arrest. The 9-mm handgun was observed to be cocked with a magazine seeded.

“A round was in chamber, and it was ready to fire,” Fotty said.

A further search yielded a second handgun with a seeded magazine loaded with rounds. Three cell phones and an unknown amount of cash was found in the truck as well.

Crown alleged that while being transported Crawford became outwardly violent and kicked the passenger door in the back of the police cruiser.

Further search of the pick-up truck yielded a ski-mask, latex gloves and 9-mm pistol ammo.

Defence counsel for Crawford, Lisa Scruton, argued for his release on a minimum $5,000 to a maximum of $15,000 surety and that Crawford would reside with his father with a curfew.

Judge Meg Shaw denied Crawford’s bail. Crawford returns to court Feb. 10.


Penticton Western News