Firearms stolen in Hay River recovered near High Level

photo courtesy of the Hay River RCMP This front door was smashed during a break and enter at Monster Recreational Products on April 27. Five firearms were stolen during the break-in, and four of the guns have now been recovered near High Level.

photo courtesy of the Hay River RCMP
This front door was smashed during a break and enter at Monster Recreational Products on April 27. Five firearms were stolen during the break-in, and four of the guns have now been recovered near High Level.

Four firearms stolen in Hay River in April have been recovered near High Level.

The RCMP in the Alberta town discovered the weapons during a traffic stop on July 31 in an unrelated investigation, according to an Aug. 1 news release from the Hay River RCMP.

They were in the possession of three people from Alberta, Shawn Karl Brown, 26, of Stony Plain, Wayne Darrel Brown, 24, also of Stony Plain, and Cheyanne Tannis Huber, 23, of Edmonton.

The four firearms were stolen from Monster Recreational Products in Hay River on April 27.

“During the April 27th incident, unknown persons broke into Monster Recreational and stole five firearms,” the RCMP news release stated. “The investigation into the break and enter and the whereabouts of the remaining firearm is ongoing.”

RCMP Const. Matt Halstead, a media relations officer with the Hay River detachment, told The Hub that three shotguns and a .22-calibre semi-automatic rifle were recovered.

“The business had the serial numbers and they were still on the guns when they were recovered,” he said when asked how the firearms were identified.

That leaves a .22-calibre rifle still unaccounted for as a result of the break-in.

It is unclear how the weapons ended up with the Edmonton area residents.

Halstead said it has not been determined whether the accused were involved in the Hay River break-in or whether they came into possession of the guns after the break-in.

“At this point in the investigation, we’re not sure,” he said. “We’re considering both options, though, and trying to figure out what if any involvement. We’ve asked High Level to include those inquiries in their investigation and we’re just sort of waiting for an update to see whether or not the suspects agree to talk about the property, or if they decided not to, which often happens.”

The trio of suspects face numerous offences, including possession of the stolen firearms, possession of marijuana under 30 grams and charges related to explosives.

According to the High Level RCMP, the items seized during the traffic stop included multiple 12-gauge shotguns, 12-gauge ammunition, a .22-calibre rifle, a .22-calibre handgun, .22-calibre ammunition, and an explosive device commonly used in seismic work.

According to Staff Sgt. Brad Giles of the High Level RCMP, the vehicle was headed northward on Highway 35 when it was stopped just north of High Level.

It is unknown where the vehicle was headed.

No one has yet been charged for the break and enter at Monster Recreational Products.

In that incident, the front doors were smashed to gain entry into the business at about 11:40 p.m. on April 27, a locked gun cabinet was broken into, and the firearms were stolen.

–Paul Bickford