UPDATE: Owner happy charges laid after theft of firearms and ammunition

By larongeNOW Staff
July 10, 2018 - 10:00am Updated: July 10, 2018 - 10:48am

The owner of Ace Hardware, where firearms and ammunition were stolen Saturday, said he was glad to learn the two men who allegedly broke into his businesses are facing charges.

Derek Bolen said he arrived shortly before 7 a.m. to open Ace Hardware, when he noticed the gate securing the main doors to the business had been forced open. After reviewing surveillance footage captured by security cameras, he said he saw the men enter the business at about 5 a.m. to steal the merchandise. Bolen said all items which were stolen have since been recovered.

“We have a really good security system here,” he said. “We were able to catch everyone on camera [and] the town and our staff was key in helping identify and work with the RCMP. We made sure we gave them as much information as we could, and that’s what helped lead to a speedy arrest and recovery of our property.”

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Police have laid charges against two men after a break-and-enter in Air Ronge where firearms and ammunition were stolen. 

According to the RCMP, officers responded to a break-and-enter complaint July 7 on the 300-block of Husky Ave. at approximately 7:20 a.m. Upon arrival, police discovered an undisclosed number of firearms and a quantity of ammunition had been stolen. Further investigative efforts by La Ronge RCMP, with assistance from the General Investigation Unit, led to the recovery of the firearms and ammunition and two arrests, RCMP said.

Brennan Ross, 20, and Andrew McKenzie, 22, were both arrested and charged with breaking-and-entering to steal a firearm, wearing a disguise with intent, conspiracy to commit an indictable offence, possession of break-and-enter tools, break-and-enter with intent, careless use of a firearm, unauthorized possession of a firearm, knowledge of unauthorized possession of a firearm, theft under $5,000, possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose, and mischief. Ross was also charged with two counts of failing to comply with court order.

Ross and McKenzie, made their first court appearance July 9 in La Ronge. The charges against them have not been proven in court.

 

Editor's Note: This story has been closed to commenting as the matter is now before the courts.

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