Employees of Calgary Store Face Gun Charges

Successful Hunting, Bear Hunting Magazine

An employee of a Calgary outdoor sporting equipment store, where more than 50 guns have gone missing, has been arrested after a police investigation.

The weeklong probe began when police recovered a gun in Edmonton, and a second gun from a house party in southeast Calgary where suspected shots were fired on April 18, 2009. Both incidents were linked to gangs or drugs, said District 4 commander Insp. Ray Robitaille on Friday.

The National Weapons Enforcement Support Team then traced the weapons back to Wholesale Sports at 25 Heritage Way SE in Calgary.

On Thursday evening, police arrested a female store employee and a male accomplice who were allegedly seen stealing three handguns. The Baretta, Smith and Wesson and Taurus guns were recovered.

In a preliminary audit of the stores inventory over the last seven months when the woman was working there, Wholesale Sports discovered that 54 other handguns were unaccounted for. Police said theyre focusing their investigation on locating the missing firearms.

"Were very concerned that even one firearm would make its way onto the streets unlawfully. Theres no doubt in this investigation that those firearms were destined for the black market," said Robitaille.

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