Search warrant in St. Catharines turns up illegal loaded rifle

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Published January 11, 2023 at 10:37 am

Two St. Catharines residents are facing charges after a search warrant turned up a loaded .22 caliber bolt action rifle that neither were licensed to use.

Yesterday (January 10), a warrant as used to search a house in the Chetwood Street and Churchill Street area of the city at 4:15 pm.

Once in, Niagara Police found the rifle (shown above) and charged the two people in the house.

Michael Roberts, 42, of St. Catharines, who does not possess a valid firearms licence, was charged with:

• Possessing a a restricted or prohibited firearm without holding a licence

• Careless storage of a firearm, weapon, or prohibited device

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Baylea Pritchard, 23, of  St. Catharines, who also does not possess a valid firearms licence, was charged with:

• Possessing a restricted or prohibited firearm without holding a licence

• Careless storage of a firearm, weapon, or prohibited device

Both Roberts and Pritchard were being held for bail hearing scheduled to take place later today (January 11th) via video link to the courthouse in St. Catharines.

Anyone with information about this investigation is asked to contact detectives at 905-688-4111, dial option #3, extension #1009571.

 

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