Sometime between 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday Oct. 26th and 6 p.m. on Wednesday, October 27th, person(s) unknown broke into 28 storage units at Blanchard’s Self Storage, located on North Port Road in Port Perry. At least 10 long guns belonging to a local hunter were stolen as well as 30 handguns owned by a gun collector. The guns were in separate storage rooms. A quantity of ammunition was also stolen.
The long guns were properly stored in a locked gun cabinet. The handguns, ranging from .22 calibre to .357 Magnums, were not properly stored and the owner, a Markham gun collector, will be charged with improper storage. Each storage unit had padlocks in place.
North Division investigators are working with the Criminal Intelligence Branch and the Provincial Weapons Enforcement Unit (PWEU) in an effort to catalogue the stolen weapons and advise other police services in Ontario.