A Canadian septuagenarian who thought he had dialed the intelligence number actually called the police, who discovered at his home and then confiscated a hundred badly stored firearms.
Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) officials announced on Wednesday that two days earlier, they had found 94 rifles and six pistols at this residence in Chebogue, Nova Scotia, in the east of the country. .
Legal detention but a non-regulatory warehouse
The 73-year-old owner owned the weapons legally but did not store them legally, disassembled or stored in a locked locker, so they were confiscated and the man was briefly arrested.
The federal police went to the man's home Monday as a precaution, to ensure his safety, although he explained his mistake on the phone. He had dialed 911, the police number, when he wanted to join 411, the white pages.
Police must move with each call
The RCMP's policy is to move with each call, even if the number is wrong or if someone hangs up: for example, an injured person who can not speak, or a person directly threatened and not free of her words, "said Jennifer Clarke, Nova Scotia RCMP spokesperson.
Once there, the officers quickly spotted the weapons. "They were in plain sight, and as soon as our officers came in, they noticed them," says Corporal Clarke.
The man has been released pending a court appearance in Yarmouth on October 5, police said.