Merritt man well known to police arrested after returning to scene of the crime.
Merritt RCMP Sgt Norm Fleming says they received a call from a worker yesterday stating his wallet had been stolen from the room he was renting at a local motel.
His wallet contained the key to the room, and the thief ended up attempting to access the room again earlier this morning.
"He heard someone at the door, got out of bed, and saw somebody coming into his room. That's when the fight started. They eventually spilled out into the hotel and I guess it was quite the commotion."
The 36-year-old local man was detained by fellow guests until police arrived.
He now faces a charge of break-and-enter, theft, assault and possession of stolen property.
He remains in custody, and is scheduled to make his first court appearance in Kamloops later today.