Andrew Stephen Rees was remanded to the Cape Breton Correctional Centre and will appear in Sydney Provincial Court on Friday, June 26th, charged with: Possession of a Weapon for Dangerous Purpose (x2), Careless Use of a Firearm, Careless Use of Ammunition, Carrying a Concealed Weapon (x2), Unauthorized Possession of a Firearm, Knowledge of Unauthorized Possession of a Firearm, Possession of a Prohibited or Restricted Firearm, Possession of a Firearm while Prohibited, Possession of Property Obtained by Crime, and two Breaches of a Probation Order.
At approximately 4:00 PM on June 22nd, two officers leaving the North Division office spotted a male walking on Convent Street who, upon seeing police, immediately turned and walked away. The male did not engage in the officers’ attempts to speak with them, but instead quickened his pace and ran further away from police, up over a grass bank behind the building. Feeling this activity suspicious, the officers entered a patrol vehicle to catch up with the male and located him further along Convent Street where it appeared he tossed something aside. Police approached the male, locating a firearm in nearby bushes and quickly placed him under arrest for possessing and concealing a weapon.
A short time later, police located a suspicious vehicle with New Brunswick plates parked in a lot on Convent Street; further investigation throughout the evening led police to determine the vehicle was stolen from New Brunswick by the male just arrested, and that he was also a possible suspect in a robbery at a Needs store in Moncton earlier that morning. Police continue to investigate with the RCMP in that jurisdiction.