Peterborough police have released further details about a tractor trailer carrying more than 2,000 firearms that was stolen from a trucking yard in Peterborough early Sunday morning (February 13).
The tractor trailer was stolen from a trucking company’s yard on Parkhill Road East at around 3 a.m. on Sunday, according to police.
“We have received numerous questions concerning the type of firearm that was taken and can say that through investigation it has been determined that all the firearms that were stolen were of small calibre with the clips attached,” said detective staff sergeant Mike Jackson in a video released by Peterborough police on Monday.
“We can also confirm that no ammunition for the firearms was within the trailer,” Jackson said. “However, that said, the Peterborough Police Service understands the heightened sense in the community and beyond surrounding this theft. So far, the investigation is leaning toward an isolated crime of opportunity rather than a than a targeted incident.”
Police believe the suspects entered several other commercial yards in the city and attempted to take different trucks and trailers, before successfully stealing the tractor trailer being sought in this incident.
VIDEO: Peterborough police sergeant Mike Jackson on theft of firearms
The truck is a 2019 Freightliner New Cascadia 126 with Ontario license plate 938 2PV, white in colour, with the company name in red on the doors and a red #97 in red on the side of the hood.
The trailer is a 2014 Hyundai 53 foot dry freight van trailer with license plate V30 92A, white in colour, with a silver metallic line that runs horizontally the whole length of the trailer.
Jackson says the suspects appeared to arrive in a four-door blue sedan, which followed the stolen tractor trailer out of the yard.
“The focus of the investigation is currently on locating the trailer and its contents as well as uploading the stolen firearms onto the national database,” Jackson says. “The Peterborough Police are also working with other enforcement agencies including the OPP, RCMP, Homeland Security, Canada Border Services Agency and other municipal services.”
Jackson says both the trucking company and the firearm manufacturer are “fully cooperating” with police. According to a report from Greg Davis at Global News, the firearm manufacturer is Savage Arms of Lakefield.
“The incident involved Savage Arms products,” Kasper wrote in an email to Global News. “Strict security measures were in place and local authorities were notified immediately and are leading the active investigation.”
Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact Peterborough police at 705-876-1122 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or online at stopcrimehere.ca.
Additional photos of suspect vehicle