(Canada) Postal contractor charged after guns go missing


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Drizzt
June 16, 2006, 04:02 AM
Postal contractor charged after guns go missing
Two firearms ordered by Oshawa man
Records indicate delivery was made
Jun. 14, 2006. 01:00 AM
DALE BRAZAO
STAFF REPORTER

A former contractor working for Canada Post has been charged with the theft of two firearms that were supposed to have been delivered to an Oshawa home last March.

The guns, a Remington Super Mag Combo 12-gauge shotgun and a Ruger Deluxe .22-calibre rifle, were shipped fully assembled from a Calgary sporting goods store, in the original manufacturer's boxes and wrapped in brown paper, Durham police said.

There was no label on the package identifying the parcel as containing firearms. The shipper is not required to do so unless the guns are crossing the border.

Canada Post said at the time that its couriers will drop off a parcel even if there is no one home, but only on instructions from the receiver. The store shipping the guns had advised Canada Post to obtain a signature on delivery, but that was not done in this case, police said.

Federal regulations allow for the shipping of guns by mail across Canada "if the firearm is posted using the most secure means of transmission by post that is offered by the Canada Post Corporation that includes the requirement to obtain a signature on delivery."

Investigators were working on the premise that someone may have stolen the package from the porch of a home on Overbank Dr. without necessarily being aware that it contained guns.

The man, an avid hunter, was able to get the guns by mail after faxing the Alberta store a copy of his federal firearms acquisition certificate. The 25-year-old who purchased the guns by mail order waited almost a month to report the guns missing, believing they were lost in the mail.

He finally went to police after Canada Post notified him that its records indicated the guns had arrived at the Oshawa depot on March 17 and were delivered to his home that afternoon.

But according to police, the guns, along with ammunition assembling equipment, were never delivered.

John Ryan Margach, 24, of Oshawa is charged with theft of mail, theft of mail containers and theft under $5,000. He no longer works for Canada Post.

The guns have not been recovered.

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Tropical Z
June 16, 2006, 11:21 AM
Postal contractor charged after guns go missing
Geez I hate that "go missing".

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