Side-by-side comparison of a BB gun and a 9 mm. Can you tell the difference? The Smith and Wesson 9 mm is on the left. Campbell River RCMP photo

Police swoop down on man who couldn’t wait to get home to admire his new BB gun

Opened it in his car in store parking lot but it looked too real

A Campbell River man found himself in a scary situation on Saturday, May 17 after it was reported that he had been handling a pistol in the parking lot of the Campbell River Walmart.

The RCMP caught up with the man and removed him from his vehicle in the parking lot of the Home Depot. In the end, it turned out the pistol had been a newly purchased BB gun that the man just could not wait to unwrap. Once it was clear there was no threat, the man was free to go on his way, a little shaken from a multi-officer response.

“Unfortunately, these kinds of occurrences are a little too common,” responding officer Const. Maury Tyre said in a press release. ” These BB and pellet pistols are designed to look like the real thing. Members of the public and police cannot tell them apart at first glance and it can create some very dangerous situations. We have had reports of people waving handguns around out of the windows of their cars or using an imitation to threaten people with. The response of officers will be as if the firearm is real because until we get our hands on it, we can’t tell for sure. We have to act as if every weapons call is legitimate to ensure the public’s safety and our safety.”

The Campbell River RCMP recommend that if you are the proud owner of a BB or pellet gun you treat it as you would any other firearm. Lock it up, safely transport it, and only use it in a safe location.

If you would like to report a crime, call the Campbell River RCMP at 250-286-6221 or call 911 in an emergency.

Two per cent increase in files over this point in 2019

As of May 18, the Campbell River RCMP has responded to 5,787 files. At this point in the year, there has been a two per cent increase over 2019.

There continues to be issues with property crimes in the community which mainly exist as crimes of opportunity for would-be thieves. Items left unattended or unlocked continue to be easy targets for criminals. The local RCMP remind you to be ever vigilant in locking up your valuables to assist in making Campbell River an unfriendly place to commit crime.

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