A Nanaimo man will get his four rifles back that RCMP found in the possession of another male earlier this month.
Police say on May 14, a family member called the man after seeing a news report of the rifles being stolen and recovered by Nanaimo RCMP May 9.
The Nanaimo resident called the investigating officer and through their discussion, the officer was satisfied the rifles belonged to him.
The owner confirmed he reported the guns stolen May 9 during a break and enter from a storage unit on his McCullough Road property.
Police say that unit is located about 500 metres from where the suspect male was seen with the rifles, walking in the area of Northfield Road and Wilgress Road.
The 23-year-old who was found with the rifles now faces a secondary charge of possession of stolen property and unlawful possession of a firearm, and police say further charges are pending in the investigation.
The suspect was due to appear in court in relation to the case August 13 in Nanaimo.
The owner told police he inherited the rifles from his deceased father at the time of the break and enter, but was not able to provide the serial numbers to investigators.
He has since found the necessary paperwork and RCMP say he will bring it to their the Nanaimo detachment to retrieve his firearms.