Prohibited weapons, allegedly stolen items seized from Chemainus residence

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A 40-year-old man is facing several weapons charges and possession of property obtained by crime while charges are also being sought against a 34-year-old woman after police executed a search warrant on an Arbutus Street residence in Chemainus.

North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP seized upwards of 10 prohibited weapons Monday, according to Cpl. Jon Stuart. One Derringer-style prohibited firearm and approximately 30 knives were seized as well as drug paraphernalia, four portable DVD players, a laptop and a Conn brand saxophone.

The saxophone was believed stolen, but police are still trying to identify the owner.

Other items police recovered had been identified as stolen in a break-and-enter and theft from a barn in the Gibbins Road area of Duncan Nov. 10.

A breast collar for a saddle and a silver nameplate were identified as items missing after the Gibbins Road theft.

The breast collar was from a burgundy Dennis Banzet Western-style saddle. The saddle is still missing and police hope someone who knows of its whereabouts can assist in its return.

A second deep tan Vic Bennet Ranch Western saddle with breast collar taken during the break-in was returned to the owner after a local resident located it and turned it in to police on Nov. 16.

The saddles are valued at $5,000 apiece.

Anyone with information on the crimes is asked to contact North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP at 250-748-5522 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.


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