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Search of problem home yields weapons, stolen goods, 18 residents

Heavily-armed police stand down after raiding a residence on Sixth Street near 13th Avenue on Aug. 14. They were executing a search warrant. Burnaby RCMP say they seized numerous weapons and pieces of stolen property. Of the 18 residents arrested, all but two were released. One faces numerous charges. - Mario Bartel/NewsLeader file
Heavily-armed police stand down after raiding a residence on Sixth Street near 13th Avenue on Aug. 14. They were executing a search warrant. Burnaby RCMP say they seized numerous weapons and pieces of stolen property. Of the 18 residents arrested, all but two were released. One faces numerous charges.
— image credit: Mario Bartel/NewsLeader file

Several police agencies tackled a problem house in southeast Burnaby recently, a project that yielded numerous weapons, stolen property and 18 arrests.

Burnaby RCMP and New Westminster Police Department executed a search warrant at a home in the 7700-block of 6th Street, at 13th Avenue, on Aug. 14 with the help of the Lower Mainland District Emergency Response Team. The project closed traffic to a section of 6th Street for about two hours.

There were 18 people living in the Edmonds-area house at the time, some believed to be involved in ongoing property and drug-related crimes in Burnaby and New Westminster, said Burnaby RCMP.

Two men were taken into custody, one of them on an outstanding warrant, while the other 16 residents were arrested but later released.

One of the two men in custody faces numerous charges including 23 counts of breach of a court undertaking, five counts of failing to comply with a weapon and/or firearms prohibition order, two counts of possession of a prohibited weapon and one count of unauthorized possession of an explosive device.

The police search led to seizure of a stun gun, machetes, 10 swords, nine knives, a switchblade (a prohibited weapon in Canada), pepper spray, a crossbow, ammunition, numerous pellet guns that could easily be mistaken for the real thing, a collapsible baton, a bayonet, low-grade body armour, an explosive device and a .38 calibre handgun which appears to be decommissioned.

Suspected stolen property found included two war medals—one believed to be from Vietnam and the other from the Second World War—coin collections, a mountain bike, a credit/debit card point-of-sale terminal and various pieces of identification.

Burnaby RCMP Chief Supt. Dave Critchley cited the project as a great example of police agencies working together.

"We’re stronger working together especially when we have areas of joint concern," Critchley said.

New Westminster police Chief Dave Jones called the project "intelligence-led policing at its finest" and said they were happy to get dangerous weapons off the street.

Burnaby city hall found a number of bylaw violations during an inspection of the property and is working with the owner to ensure repairs are done. The City of Burnaby and Burnaby RCMP will continue to monitor the property.

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