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Fake Gun Causes Panic at Value Village

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.

Caught in Guelph (and Area) community member Tammy Keleher-Yates first notified the community of the event in a posting to the group.

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.

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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.

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