Police charged a 66-year-old Sarnia man with several firearms offences stemming from an incident that started back on Aug. 20 when a 51-year-old Sarnia woman went to police to report a man exposing himself to her.
The woman said the man had allegedly exposed himself to her on several occasions before she decided to come forward. The suspect was in his home on Charlesworth Drive at the time, but exposing himself to her at his front window.
An investigation started and police learned that the man had several firearms registered to him. On Aug. 30, a summons for the offence of Indecent Act was hand delivered to the man at his home by officers from the Criminal Investigations Branch. While speaking with him at this time, police said safety concerns arose when his attitude changed towards the complainant.
Public safety became apparent and officers entered the man's home to seize his firearms and ammunition. The suspect was cooperative and led the officers to a safe inside his home where he kept a loaded 22 caliber Colt Challenger semi-automatic hand gun. Over 100 other various types of firearms including hand guns, long guns and sub-machine guns were also found in the home. Police added an abundance of ammunition was also found as well as two prohibited knives.
The lengthy task of logging and researching each firearm began and is continuing to date. The 66-year-old is facing several firearms charges and the investigation moves forward as the ammunition is tagged and logged.
He is scheduled to appear in court on Oct. 9.