Firearm, drugs and RCMP uni­form seized dur­ing search

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A Yar­mouth man has been charged with var­i­ous of­fences af­ter a search of a Yar­mouth res­i­dence that the RCMP say turned up a loaded .22 cal­i­bre ri­fle, a quan­tity of co­caine and a pair of pants and a shirt be­long­ing to an RCMP uni­form.

Whose pants they are and where they came from was not known at the time.

Asked if the RCMP cloth­ing found in­side the home was au­then­tic, RCMP Cor­po­ral Jen­nifer Clarke said, “Oh yeah, they’re real.”

“Were they stolen?” she was asked.

“We don’t know. We’re fol­low­ing up,” she said.

“Did any mem­bers re­port los­ing their pants?” she was asked dur­ing an in­ter­view with the Tri­County Van­guard last week. “We don’t know where they came from or who’s they might have been so we’re fol­low­ing up on that,” she said.

Forty-one-year-old Dean An­thony Thibeau of Yar­mouth was ar­rested in Yar­mouth on Oct. 25, the same day a res­i­dence on Lewis Lane was searched. He was held in cus­tody overnight and has been charged with the fol­low­ing of­fences:

• Pos­ses­sion of Co­caine for the Pur­pose of Traf­fick­ing;

• Care­less use of a firearm;

• Un­safe stor­age of firearms;

• Pos­ses­sion of weapon for dan­ger­ous pur­pose;

• Unau­tho­rized pos­ses­sion of a firearm;

• Pos­ses­sion of a firearm when know­ing pos­ses­sion unau­tho­rized.

Thibeau ap­peared in Yar­mouth Provin­cial Court on Fri­day, Oct. 26, and was re­leased on an un­der­tak­ing. He was due to ap­pear in court again on Mon­day, Oct. 29.

The RCMP say the Yar­mouth/ Clare Street Crime En­force­ment Unit (SCEU) be­gan an in­ves­ti­ga­tion on Oct. 14 that re­sulted in the search of a res­i­dence on Lewis Lane on Oct. 25. Mem­bers of Yar­mouth Town and Ru­ral De­tach­ments as­sisted the SCEU unit in this in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

The RCMP say had they learned that firearms of­fences had oc­curred at the res­i­dence ear­lier in the week.

Asked to elab­o­rate on the type of of­fences, Cor­po­ral Jen­nifer Clarke said part of it dealt with un­safe stor­age is­sues.

“Care­less use is def­i­nitely one of them,” she said. When asked if this was di­rected at an­other in­di­vid­ual she said yes, it was.

On Oct. 25, the RCMP ob­tained a search war­rant for the home. Dur­ing the search po­lice seized a loaded .22 cal­i­bre ri­fle, am­mu­ni­tion, a quan­tity of co­caine and pack­ag­ing ma­te­rial. Po­lice also found the RCMP uni­form pants and a shirt in­side the home.

An Oct. 26 RCMP me­dia re­lease said that a res­i­dent of the home had been ar­rested on Oct. 22. That per­son, Cpl. Clarke said last Fri­day af­ter­noon, was a 43-year-old Yar­mouth woman the po­lice are ac­tively try­ing to lo­cate in con­nec­tion with these in­ci­dents. She will be fac­ing the same charges as Thibeau, the RCMP said.

Her name has not been re­leased as she has not been charged yet, nor was a de­scrip­tion re­leased. Asked if the RCMP needed the pub­lic’s help to lo­cate the woman Cpl. Clarke said the RCMP know who it is they are look­ing for.

“We just need peo­ple to know that we are look­ing for this per­son and I fully ex­pect this (in­for­ma­tion) to gen­er­ate enough in­for­ma­tion that we’ll find her,” she said.

The Tri-County Van­guard sought an up­date on this case prior to our Mon­day, Oct. 29 press dead­line but did not re­ceive one.

The in­ves­ti­ga­tion is on­go­ing.

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