Nanaimo RCMP says a man was arrested after being spotted walking with a blanket full of rifles, and now they are looking to return the firearms to where they came from.
A Mountie spotted a male walking in the area of Northfield Road and Wilgress Road carrying a large item over his shoulder around 4:30 a.m. last Thursday, May 9.
When approached by the officer and questioned about what he was carrying, the individual just said it was a blanket, but then said he had rifles after further questioning.
The 23-year-old was arrested and taken to the Nanaimo RCMP detachment.
He did not say where he got the rifles from and was issued a promise to appear for one count of possession of stolen property, and is scheduled to be in court August 13 in Nanaimo.
The RCMP says the officer noted each rifle had a trigger lock and appeared in good shape, and had a tag with the name “Tim” attached.
Serial numbers, make and models of each gun were recorded and there is no indication so far that the rifles were reported stolen or involved in any crimes.
“It’s not too often we find someone walking down the street in the middle of the night with a blanket full of rifles,” Nanaimo RCMP Cst. Gary O’Brien said in a release Tuesday.
“They were obviously stolen and it is now up to us to find out where they came from and have them returned.
If you have any information on who owns the rifles, you are asked to call Nanaimo RCMP at 250-754-2345 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.