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Small arsenal found in home

A stun gun, 10 swords, a crossbow, and an explosive device are just a few of the weapons seized by police after community complaints led them to a Burnaby home last week.

Mounties, New Westminster police officers and Emergency Response Team members raided what they described as a “problem residence” in the 7700-block of 6 Street on Aug. 14.

CTV Vancouver says they arrested 18 people living inside, some of whom are believed to be involved in ongoing property and drug offences in both Burnaby and New Westminster. One man was wanted on an outstanding warrant.

Officers also seized a mini-arsenal of weapons, including nine knives, machetes, a switchblade, ammunition, pellet guns resembling real firearms, a collapsible baton, bayonets, body armour and a .38 calibre handgun that had apparently been decommissioned.

“We are always pleased when we can get weapons off our streets that could potentially harm the public," New Westminster Police Chief Dave Jones said in a statement.

Police are recommending a slew of charges against one man arrested in the home, including 23 counts of breach of undertaking, five counts of failing to comply with a weapon prohibition order, two counts of possession of a prohibited weapon and one count of unauthorized possession of an explosive device.

Sixteen of the residents have been released from custody and it’s unclear whether they will face charges.

A number of valuables were also found inside the home, including war medals from Vietnam and World War II, coin collections, a bike, a point-of-sale terminal for credit and debit cards, and various pieces of identification.

The City of Burnaby has also conducted a property inspection at the home that identified bylaw violations, according to RCMP.

City staff will be working with the owner to ensure necessary repairs are completed, and continuing to monitor the property along with police.


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