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Stolen guns found in Courtenay

Two guns stolen from a Campbell River store last year were recovered in Courtenay last week during the arrest of a man.

According to RCMP Const. Nicole Hall, a sharp-eyed officer spotted a suspicious vehicle parked in the 800 block of McPhee Ave. in Courtenay on April 26, around 9 p.m.

Further investigation of the vehicle and driver resulted in the seizure of two loaded 9 mm handguns, a Baretta and a Glock. According to Hall, the guns were stolen from Granlund Firearms in Campbell River in February 2010.

During the early morning theft at Granlund’s, the culprits are believed to have used a stolen van which was backed up through the front glass window.

Once inside, the culprits stole several weapons, fled and then ditched the van on Merecroft Road.

Police arrived within minutes of the alarm sounding, but the thieves had already fled and a police dog failed to track them.

“They knew exactly what they were looking for,” store owner Carl Granlund told the Mirror later that morning. “It’s a bad deal. This was definitely a targetted hit.”

Harley Richard Robinson, 30, of Courtenay is charged with two counts of possession of a loaded and restricted weapon, two counts of possessing a firearm without a valid licence, two counts of occupying a vehicle which contained a firearm and one count of possession of a controlled substance, oxycodene.

Robinson appeared in Courtenay provincial court last week. So far he has been unable to prefect his $10,000 bail or surety, and remains in custody. His next court appearance is scheduled for May 12.

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