A 31-year-old has been on the run for more than 10 days over the ransacking of a Yellowknife home.
Beau Desire-Tesar is wanted on multiple counts of theft relating to an incident at a Rivett Crescent house during Thanksgiving.
Police now say they have arrested another suspect, Toufic Chamas, and recovered a stolen handgun in the process – but there is no sign of Desire-Tesar.
“Chamas was arrested on October 19, 2018, following a traffic stop conducted by Yellowknife RCMP,” read a police statement issued on Monday.
“A search warrant was then executed on the vehicle, resulting in the recovery of a handgun and ammunition. ”
Chamas is charged with seven firearm offences, two driving-related offences, and five counts of failing to comply. He’s due in court on Wednesday.
‘Not a random act’
Police said Desire-Tesar “remains wanted for multiple counts of theft.” He is described as white, 6 ft 1 in, and lanky, with dark brown hair and hazel eyes.
“Desire-Tesar may be in possession of firearms. If observed, the public is asked to contact the police and not to approach Desire-Tesar,” warned RCMP.
If you have any information related to Desire-Tesar or the stolen goods, contact Yellowknife RCMP at 867-669-1111 or leave an anonymous tip through Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS.
Guns, ammunition, jewellery, and a range of other items were stolen from a home on Rivett Crescent some time on October 6 or October 7, police said earlier.
The owner of the home told Moose FM they had been away at the time of the burglary – and added entire gun cabinets containing up to a dozen weapons had been taken. In all, the items missing were valued at some $50,000.
Last week, police added they “believe that this occurrence was not a random act, but rather a targeted incident.”
In a news release on October 15, RCMP said: “The suspects gained access to the residence legally, prior to committing the thefts.
“Through multiple search warrants, executed at an apartment complex, storage unit, and on two vehicles, RCMP have recovered some of the stolen firearms. Additional firearms, ammunition, and jewellery remain unaccounted for.”