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Charges laid after replica hand gun turned in at group home

Arrested male was on three different probation orders at the time, say Guelph police
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A Guelph male faces several charges after staff at a local group home was handed a replica firearm Thursday, say police.

Staff from the group home close to the downtown core called the Guelph police about 9:40 a.m. They advised a staff member was speaking to one of the residents and mentioned they would be conducting room inspections later in the morning.

A short time later the resident came into the staff office and handed over a replica antique M1873 revolver that he claimed he had found. The replica firearm is made of metal and has moving parts which cause it to appear authentic.

At the time the resident was on three different probation orders, including terms he not possess any weapon including replica firearms.

A 20-year-old Guelph male is charged with five counts of breaching probation. He will appear in a Guelph court June 15.