Tip from public leads to seizure of prohibited firearms and weapons


2023-01-26 19:20 HNP

Dossier nº 2023-67

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Aux termes de la Loi sur les langues officielles, ce bureau n'offre des services au public qu'en anglais. Vous trouverez des renseignements généraux dans les deux langues officielles au cb.grc.ca et www.grc.ca.

On January 12, 2023 around 1 PM (MST), a member of the community observed 2 men walk into a known crime house carrying long guns in the Habart neighbourhood of Golden BC.

Police are familiar with the residence and know its occupants are not allowed to possess firearms. Police officers of the Golden-Field RCMP Detachment set up containment around the house, and about an hour later, conducted a traffic stop with a red sedan observed leaving the driveway.

Sitting on the passenger seat was a sawed-off shotgun. The 32-year-old male driver and lone occupant of the vehicle was arrested for possession of a prohibited firearm.

A search of the man located multiple knives (1 being an illegal switchblade), a baton, plastic brass knuckles and break-in tools. A search of his vehicle yielded 2 lock pick kits, face coverings, gloves and several other break-in tools.

As the two rifles were still unaccounted for, police maintained containment of the Habart residence for another hour or so, using loud-halers to try and get the remaining occupants to exit the residence safely.

Just after 3 PM contact was made, and after a short negotiation period, 3 occupants exited the residence and were taken into police custody. A search of the house resulted in the seizure of two pellet guns made to look like rifles. The 3 residents were released without charges.

The Golden-Field RCMP Detachment did an exceptional job with tactical strategies and communications in this high-risk incident, leading to a seizure of firearms, weapons, and break-in tools, and a successful arrest of the suspect, writes Chief Superintendent Brad Haugli, the BC RCMP’s Southeast District Commander.

The 32-year-old man was released the following day on strict conditions and an upcoming court date. The matter has been forwarded to BC Prosecution Services for review, and the man could face multiple charges such as Unauthorized Possession of a Firearm, Possession of a Prohibited Weapon, Unauthorized Possession in a Motor Vehicle, and Possession of Break-In Instruments.

Items seized from the suspect and his vehicle

Items seized from the suspect and his vehicle. Click for larger image. 

This successful outcome would not have been possible without the public’s help. Anyone with information about, or who suspects, illegal activity in their neighbourhood is asked to contact their local police or report anonymously through Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), advises Constable Kat Robinson, Media Relations Officer for the Golden-Field RCMP.


Diffusé par :

Gend. Kat Robinson
Agente des relations avec les m├ędias
GRC de Golden-Field
1419 11e Avenue N. Golden BC V0A 1H0

Courriel : katherine.robinson@rcmp-grc.gc.ca

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