Theft of truck with over 2,000 firearms was an ‘isolated crime of opportunity,’ Peterborough police say

A truck that was stolen in Peterborough early Sunday morning loaded with more than 2,000 firearms and magazines was taken in an “isolated crime of opportunity, rather than a targeted incident,” police say.

And multiple agencies including Homeland Security and the Canada Border Services Agency are now involved in the investigation, Peterborough police said in a Monday news release.

Police have released further details on the theft Monday afternoon, including the make and model of the truck, a large semi-truck with full-size trailer, and photographs of the suspects’ vehicle, taken from surveillance camera footage.

In the news release, police said they understand the incident has led to a “heightened sense in the community and beyond.”

“So far, the investigation is leaning toward an isolated crime of opportunity rather than a than a targeted incident,” the news release said. “It’s believed the suspects entered several other commercial yards in the city, before this one and that they had attempted to take different trucks and trailers before leaving with the trailer being sought in this incident.”

The force said that the firearms stolen are of “small calibre” and that no ammunition was in the truck.

The truck has been identified as a white 2019 Freightliner New Cascadia 126 with the Ontario licence plate 938 2PV. The vehicle also has the company name in red on the doors and a red “#97” on the side of the hood. The trailer attached to the truck is a white 2014 Hyundai 16-metre Dry Freight Van trailer with the license plate V30 92A.

Police said the theft happened at a business located on Parkhill Road East at approximately 3 a.m. Sunday morning, and that police were notified around 7:30 a.m.

The suspects appeared to arrive in a four-door blue sedan that followed the tractor-trailer unit out of the yard, police said.

Police said they have assigned a team to work on the case but investigative techniques and “certain information” will not be disclosed.

The investigation will focus on finding the trailer and uploading the stolen firearms onto the national database. Police are also working with multiple other agencies including the OPP, RCMP, Homeland Security, the Canada Border Services Agency and other municipal services, they said.

Anyone with information is encouraged to call the Peterborough Police Crime Line at 705-876-1122 x555 or Crime Stoppers.


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