Three men raising hell in a Vernon hotel were carrying $27,000 and a Glock pistol when officers nabbed them, say RCMP.
The drunken trio were staying at the Holiday Inn Hotel on the weekend when they started banging on doors and yelling down the hallways about 4 a.m. Saturday. Someone called police, who arrived soon after two of the men pulled a fire alarm.
They were skulking out of the hotel when Mounties saw them carrying bags outside. They ran away when police told them to stop, so the officers chased them down and arrested them.
Police found the third man hiding in the men's Dodge Avenger sedan in the parking lot.
He refused to identify himself.
A search revealed more than $27,000 in Canadian cash in their clothes and in the van. One of the men, age 22, possessed the .22-calibre pistol and a Glock magazine, police said. It was altered so it could carry more rounds than its normal capacity.
Investigators were trying to learn where the cash came from and why the men were in Vernon. They towed the van away to scour it for evidence.
The suspects, all from the Lower Mainland, are ages 26, 22 and 20. They were being held Monday on charges of causing a disturbance, mischief, resisting arrest and possessing a firearm.
It's unclear whether they'll get their money back.