RCMP have laid charges of possession of stolen property against two men and possession of a controlled substance against four others, after investigating a series of break and enters in Skidegate last month.
First a mountain bike, some food and alcohol were stolen from a garage on Front St. April 6 or 7. The bike was later recovered abandoned “near the residence of a known property offender,” said Cst. Jenkins.
The next evening, two rifles, a shotgun and a BB gun were stolen from a locked safe in a Skidegate Heights home. Also stolen were a TV/DVD player, about 80 DVDs, Haida jewellery and some carved argillite.
Police identified suspects, obtained a search warrant and executed it April 9 at a Skidegate residence. The TV, some of the DVDs and some jewellery were recovered, not the guns, said Cst. Jenkins, which the police were very interested to find.
Two males, one underage, have been charged.
Continuing the investigation April 10, police searched another Skidegate home where they suspected the guns were, only to find a quantity of cocaine, marijuana and cash. Four males at the house will be charged with possession of a controlled substance, said Cst. Jenkins, and the police are checking with experts to see if enough evidence exists to charge them with possession for the purpose of trafficking.
Police are not sure of the exact value of the drugs, said Cst. Jenkins, but it is significant.
Three of the guns have been recovered, said Cst. Jenkins. One was found lying outside a house, and two others were recovered from a home in Skidegate. No charges will be laid.
One rifle remains missing, and police will accept any information, even anonymous that will help to find it. Cst. Jenkins warns that if the person with the gun doesn’t come forward, and police find it, charges will be laid.
A third break in occurred at an unoccupied home under construction in Skidegate Heights during the same weekend, but it’s not clear if it is related to the other two break ins, said Cst. Jenkins. The front door was kicked in, but nothing was stolen. The owner of the building discovered the damage Monday morning.
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