May 24, 2024

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A Fort McMurray man has been charged after he allegedly didn’t inform police about his misplaced or stolen firearms. Investigators say at the least a type of firearms was utilized in a kidnapping in British Columbia earlier this yr.

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The Alberta Legislation Enforcement Response Group (ALERT) started their investigation when police discovered a firearm allegedly used within the April 2023 kidnapping. It was registered to the Fort McMurray man and a search warrant of his house in Eagle Ridge was secured.

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Officers seized three handguns, a bolt-action rifle, a semi-automatic rifle, a shotgun and 1,200 rounds of various ammunition. Police additionally seized an expired Possession and Acquisition License (PAL), magazines and firearms circumstances. 4 firearms are lacking.

Police don’t imagine he was concerned within the kidnapping, however started their investigation after they suspected firearms offences.

“This seems to be the case of a firearm discovering its manner into the felony market and any firearms investigation must be checked out totally,” mentioned Workers Sgt. Mark Wait of ALERT Fort McMurray in an announcement. “If we see that one firearm has made its manner into the group, it begs the query of what number of extra, what different crimes might they be utilized in, and that’s one thing we take very severely.”

Jesse Matieschyn, 39, is going through 5 counts of failing to report a misplaced or stolen restricted firearm. He has been launched from custody and is scheduled to seem in court docket on October 11.

Anybody with details about any lacking folks or felony exercise is requested to contact Wooden Buffalo RCMP at 780-788-4040 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS). Tricks to Crime Stoppers are all the time nameless and could be despatched to

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