A 38-year-old man from Dauphin, Man., faces 25 charges that include firearms trafficking and possession of weapons obtained by crime in connection with several break-ins, including three that were reported in May and July, police announced on Thursday.
In one case, RCMP say 13 firearms — including pistols and rifles — along with a gun safe, some ammunition and holsters were stolen from a home in the Dauphin area on May 2.
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The next day, a 2009 Harley Davidson motorcycle was stolen in the Ashern area, police say.
Then on July 14, three firearms, a “sizeable amount of cash” and an unspecified number of gold and silver coins were stolen during a break-in in the Virden area.
Police say they seized “several more stolen firearms and property” worth about $25,000 after they arrested the man on Aug. 15.
The charges and seized items are related to the three cases as well as two other break-and-enter and theft files, RCMP said in a news release. No information was given about the other cases.
“I am extremely pleased that our officers were able to link and close these files, get guns out of the hands of criminals and return a substantial amount of stolen property back to their rightful owners,” Supt. Paulette Freill, commander of the RCMP West District, stated in the release.
The man is in custody on the 25 charges, which include trafficking firearms, possessing break-in instruments, unsafe storage of firearms, unauthorized possession of firearms and possession of property and weapons obtained by crime.