A trailer carrying a “large quantity” of firearms has been found after it was reported stolen in Peterborough, Ont., over the weekend, police say.
“The trailer and its contents are being returned to Peterborough and Peterborough Police, along with the manufacturer, will be going through the items to determine if anything is still missing,” the police said.
Savage Arms, a firearms manufacturer based in Lakefield, Ont., had said that the theft involved one of its shipping partners. Lakefield is a small town 16 kilometres north of Peterborough.
According to the police, the theft occurred around 3 a.m. on Feb. 13 from a yard at a trucking company on Parkhill Road East in Peterborough.
On Feb. 14 afternoon, the police confirmed that all the stolen firearms were of small calibre and that no ammunition for the firearms was in the trailer.
Police said they located the stolen truck in Brampton, Ont., on the night of Feb. 14. At the time, the trailer and firearms were not found with the truck.
In the latest news release, police said they are still searching for the individuals involved in the theft.
“Today on Feb. 14, we received information from multiple believed, reliable sources that firearms may be planted in Ottawa specifically around the Freedom Convey to discredit the protest and to use as a pretext to forcibly remove peaceful protestors,” said Daniel Bulford, a former RCMP officer who is assisting the protest organizers with security, in a video post on the convoy’s Facebook page.
“Due to the nature of this information, we felt it prudent to notify the public in the interest of their safety.”
Bulford said that the “private intelligence” correlates with the more than 2,000 firearms that were reported stolen in Peterborough on Feb. 13.
“Our sources have notified us that these weapons may be planted by nefarious elements and at this point, we have no further knowledge about who is behind this act of sabotage,” he said.
“As soon as we received this information, we notified the appropriate authorities with whom we are collaborating, including the Ottawa Police Service, the Ontario Provincial Police, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, and the Parliamentary Protective Service.”