Store owner may have fired a gun to scare off would-be thieves

Store owner may have fired a gun to scare off would-be thieves

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    Store owner may have fired a gun to scare off would-be thieves

    From the rumour mill, apparently he fired one shot and hit one of the bad guys. The handgun was registered and legal, although he may not have had permission to have it at the store. Likely he won't be charged, the police are keeping it close to their chess and he is being careful as well. The owner is a avid shooter, this is the 2nd Jeweller to shoot a bad guy in the last year and half here in BC.

    Dave White/Shane Bigham VANCOUVER (NEWS1130) 2009-04-14 15:45

    VANCOUVER (NEWS1130) - Vancouver Police won't say whether they will be recommending charges against a store owner who may have used a gun to fend off would-be robbers this morning.

    It happened just after 10 a.m. at a jewellery store at Robson and Hamilton. Police say a small number of shots were fired but no one was injured.
    The suspects ran and it's not clear if any jewellery is missing.

    A group of would-be jewelry thieves got more bang than bling Tuesday when the jewelry store owner fired a bullet at them and scared them off.
    The owner of Atson, a jewelry and gold shop at 290 Robson on the corner of Hamilton in Vancouver, was accosted by thieves shortly after opening his store at about 10:20 a.m.
    Police spokesman Const. Lindsey Houghton said three suspects tried to rob the store and were scared off by an employee or owner who fired at least one shot at the assailants.
    "At this point we believe there was possibly one shot fired. We can't confirm if there were any more than that," Houghton said, adding there were no reports of any injuries from the gunfire.
    The store window glass was smashed in and investigators could be seen surveying the store's interior well into the afternoon yesterday behind yellow police tape.
    Houghton could not say how much merchandise was taken.
    The store, incorporated in 1995, is registered to Alice Yu, president, and May Yuk-Ming Ng, secretary.
    The aborted robbery is the latest brazen daylight jewelry heist to hit Vancouver in recent weeks.
    On April 1, three thieves struck Kitsilano's Costen Catbalue Goldsmith and Design in the 1800-block West 1st Ave. just before 11 a.m., one of them brandishing bear spray.
    The thieves smashed display cases with a hammer and stole an undisclosed quantity of jewelry before escaping into a waiting vehicle, driven by a fourth suspect.
    The car was abandoned a few blocks away. No one was injured.
    Police yesterday said it was too early to tell if the two cases were linked or if there was some sort of jewelry-theft ring operating in the city.
    In January, a chronic offender was arrested and charged with a heist at the Saatchi and Saatchi jewellers, also on Robson.
    The store was cleaned out after someone cut a hole in the ceiling of a bathroom in a hall shared by the store and a business next door.
    Martin James Weigelt, 42, was charged with stealing an estimated $500,000 worth of jew-elry.
    "There could be any number of reasons why jewelry stores are having higher number of incidents," Houghton said.
    "It could be the price of gold or the price of diamonds or other stones, or the economic downturn."

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    "There could be any number of reasons why jewelry stores are having higher number of incidents," Houghton said.
    "It could be the price of gold or the price of diamonds or other stones, or the economic downturn."


    A regular Sherlock Holmes......Just curious, is it illegal to have a gun there in B.C. at your place of business ?

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    A restricted firearm must be stored at the residence listed in the Authoriztion to Transport (ATT) Here in Western Canada, the ATT's locations include your residence, authorized ranges, gun shows, gunsmiths and border posts, the ATT's vary by provinces. The term residence is were the gun is mainly stored, normally your home, although some business owners have their guns registered to their shops as they have better security (safe's, alarms, etc) So it depends where the gun was registered to. If to the business, then they don't have much to charge him on, if to his home he may face charges that could cost him his licence, but it gets complicated as you are allowed to break the law to prevent a greater crime, if he does not talk to the police and has a good lawyer, he hould be ok. Plus public opinion is firmly behind him, property crime here is worse than the US.

    A firearm here has 4 states of being.

    Stored (Whether at your home or temporary dwelling place, actuallu so poorly defined in the Act that most charges get tossed)
    loaded (The retricted firearm can only be loaded in a place legal to discharge it)
    transported (the act of moving the gun to one place listed on your ATT to another)
    in use ( this is the key phrase and one missed by many police and Crown Prosucutors. I can carry at home, unloaded as the gun is "In use" it's quite possible that a police officer seeing me with it would charge me with "Unsafe Storage" As long as i keep my mouth shut, the charge would be tossed)

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    I got many a questions about firearms when I drove into Ontario. I guess the Georgia tag put the girl in the customs booth on edge.

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    To think that it would that way in the US in a near future makes me sick.
    Have you noticed the "tone" of the reporter ???
    The first rule of a gunfight: "Don't be there !"
    The second rule: "Bring enough gun"

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    Colin,

    Thank you very much for the information. I'm surprised that your property crime is worse than ours, very interesting.

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