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Police seize gun, brass knuckles, cannabis following LCBO theft

Police were called to the LCBO at Major Mackenzie and Jane for a report of a theft in progress
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Brass knuckles. Supplied photo/ York Regional Police

NEWS RELEASE
YORK REGIONAL POLICE
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Four people have been charged with drug and firearms-related offences following a theft from an LCBO store in the City of Vaughan. On Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2019, shortly after 6 p.m., police were called to the LCBO in the area of Major Mackenzie Drive and Jane Street for a report of a theft in progress.

Officers arrived on scene and located the suspect vehicle in a nearby parking lot with three people inside, who were all placed under arrest. A fourth suspect left the area, but was later located nearby and also taken into custody.

During a search of the suspect vehicle, officers located a loaded handgun, brass knuckles and nearly 600 grams of cannabis.

Charged:

  • Merrick Beddaoui, 19, City of Toronto
  • Shaquille Johnson, 24, Town of New Tecumseth
  • Symphani Barclay, 19, City of Toronto
  • Amin Guled, 18, City of Toronto

Charges include:

  • Theft under $5,000
  • Careless storage of a firearm
  • Unauthorized possession of a firearm
  • Possession of a loaded firearm with ammunition
  • Possession of a prohibited device
  • Possession of cannabis for the purpose of distribution
  • Possession for the purpose of selling

The investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information is asked to contact the #4 District Criminal Investigations Bureau at 1-866-876-5423, ext. 7441, or call Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-TIPS, or leave an anonymous tip online at www.1800222tips.com

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