Police say Beaton used documents belonging to a different person to allegedly purchase the Glock 34 Gen 4 pistol from a seller in Armstrong, B.C., before having it shipped to an address in North Vancouver.
Beaton, who is known to police, is currently restricted from owning a firearm due to a previous prohibition order. Sgt. Peter DeVries, a media spokesperson for the North Vancouver RCMP, said police were alerted to the sale by Armstrong RCMP.
"It's pretty rare for us to come across a case where a handgun is shipped in the mail and we're able to intercept it," said DeVries.
After Beaton's arrest, police executed search warrants for two units at an address in Vancouver. The searches yielded the mail-order firearm as well as ammunition, holsters and an airsoft pistol.
"It's one less stray bullet, one less armed robbery, one less danger to the community," said DeVries.
The B.C. Prosecution Service has approved several firearms-related charges, including possession of a restricted weapon contrary to a prohibition order, as well as unlawful possession of identity documents and identity theft.
A man in his 20s is facing several charges following what North Vancouver Mounties describe as a mail-order handgun purchase.
A man in his 20s is facing several charges following what North Vancouver Mounties describe as a "mail-order handgun purchase."
Officers say their investigation began late last month when members of the Armstrong, B.C. detachment contacted them about a fraudulent transaction.
"We knew we had a limited amount of time before it would be lost to the criminal element. So we jumped on it. We worked hard, we worked smart and we worked fast," Sgt. Peter DeVries said in a statement.
They tracked a suspect who is known to police to an address in Vancouver, and arrested him in less than 24 hours, the RCMP said.
Police then obtained search warrants, and say they located the gun, ammunition, holsters and an airsoft pistol.
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