Firearms seized from Hart-area trailer

A 30-year-old man was taken into custody and police are working to determine the rightful owners of a trove of firearms found in a Hart-area home on Thursday.

In all seven guns were seized from a travel trailer on a Poplar Place property: a loaded pump action shotgun; a semi-automatic dual-chamber shotgun; a loaded .45-calibre automatic handgun; a .45-calibre handgun; a .40-calibre handgun; a nine-mm semi-automatic handgun and a handgun police said was stolen.

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Eleven boxes of various ammunition and over 200 loose rounds of ammunition were also seized and the travel trailer and an ATV on the property were confirmed to be stolen, RCMP said.

The man was arrested with the help of North District RCMP. Mounties initially attended at 10:30 a.m. and the suspect surrendered himself to police three hours later.

He's being held in custody on an outstanding warrant while a 21-year-old woman who also surrendered to police was released on a promise to appear in court early in the new year.

"In the last few months at least five residences have been targeted to steal firearms. In addition, there have been five reports of firearms being stolen from unoccupied vehicles in our community," RCMP said.

"The Prince George RCMP want to remind firearm owners to take the necessary precautions to ensure your firearms are secured and to never leave firearms in vehicles."

Anyone with information about this investigation is asked to call the Prince George RCMP at 250-561-3300 or anonymously contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or online at www.pgcrimestoppers.bc.ca (English only). You do not have to reveal your identity to Crime Stoppers.

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