UPDATE: Three suspects in gun robbery appear in court
Two suspects in a dramatic gun robbery at Canadian Tire in Trail last Wednesday will remain in custody following an appearance in Nelson court today. James Duncan Beetstra, 31, and Dustin Paul Zier, 33, are to be held by police until their next court appearnace, slated for July 29.
Dori Ann Swanson, 41, was released on bail until her next appearance Aug. 9.
All three are facing a variety of charges involving possession of stolen property and weapons offences.
Trail and Greater District RCMP have arrested and detained two male suspects, 31 years old, 33 years old and a 41-year-old female in relation to the break-in. Three of the stolen 15 firearms have been recovered. Investigators have not located the stolen vehicle used in the break-in.
A violent theft early this morning saw 15 guns stolen from a Trail business, according to RCMP Cpl. Dan Moskaluk.
“The Trail and Greater District RCMP are investigating a commercial break-in which occurred early Wednesday at the local Canadian Tire Store. Suspects rammed a truck into the building in order to gain entry,” he said. “On July 20, at 3:57 a.m., suspects used a stolen truck to gain entry into the Canadian Tire Store on Highway 3B. RCMP responded to the activated alarm, with the suspects fleeing prior to police arrival.
“A number of items were stolen including 15 firearms.”
Moskaluk shared the attached photo of the stolen truck used to break into the store, and asked that anyone with any information come forward.
“The truck used by the suspects was a stolen vehicle which had been taken from another Trail business in the Waneta area,” he said. “The truck is described as a red 2001 Ford F350 Crew Cab dual axle truck. The box of the truck had a wooden rack and contained a rectangular water tank. At this time the truck has not been located.”
Anyone with information is asked to contact the Trail RCMP detachment at 250-364-2566.