Sarnia Police credit gun registry in recovery of guns

Sarnia Police Service credits the recent recovery of several stolen guns to the Canadian Gun Registry.

In a news release, Constable Bill Baines said the story began with a report of theft from a south end Sarnia residence, the theft having occurred sometime between Jan. 21 and Feb. 1, 2010,

It wasn’t until October that the Canadian Gun Registry notified Sarnia Police that someone was seeking to register three of the guns that were reported stolen.

A subsequent investigation resulted in the arrest of 22-year-old Kraig Tasker, said police. Recovered were three guns, a Winchester Battle Little big Horn, Winchester 30-30 lever action, and Remington Sportmaster 58, 20 gauge shotgun.

Police said Tasker was charged with several weapons violations and will appear in Sarnia court on Dec. 3 for a bail hearing.

Baines noted that the individual who had attempted to register the rifles has not been charged. “This person purchased the weapons believing that the rifles were legal and legitimate and further attempted to follow the law by submitting registration applications for each gun.”

He added that seven of the stolen guns remain outstanding and are thought to be in the community. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Criminal Investigations Division of the Sarnia Police Service or Crime Stoppers

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