Fake Gun Causes Panic at Value Village
A Guelph male faces weapons and drug charges after a replica handgun caused panic at a local business Sunday.
Approximately 1:30 p.m., police were called to a business on Silvercreek Parkway North. A male had been arrested for shoplifting, and while in custody in an office area removed a firearm from his waistband and placed it on a nearby box. Staff saw the weapon and believing it to be real began evacuating the business.
Police officers arrived a short time later and determined it to be an imitation Beretta pellet gun. The male was arrested and a search of his property subsequent to arrest also revealed quantities of crystal methamphetamine, cocaine and Oxycodone as well as drug paraphernalia and cash.
A 44-year-old Guelph male is charged with theft under $5,000, three counts of possession for the purpose of trafficking, carrying a concealed weapon, possessing a weapon for a dangerous purpose and unauthorized possession of a weapon. He was held for a bail hearing Monday.
Photo of the event captured by Caught in Guelph (and Area) community member Jo Kasunic.