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Calgary man charged with weapons offences, impersonating a soldier

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CALGARY —
A Calgary man accused of posing as an ex-military member and offering survivalist coaching below false credentials is now dealing with costs.

The investigation started in May after police have been alerted about a man working a firearms coaching, survival coaching and ladies’s self-defence firm referred to as Sheep Dog Enterprises out of his southeast Calgary residence.

“It is alleged that the man was in possession of several firearms, did not possess proper documentation nor licencing for firearms, and had not been involved with the military at any point,” police stated in a launch.

“It is also believed that the man falsified documentation and deceived his way into veterans’ and law enforcement support groups.”

Police obtained a search warrant and the man’s residence was searched on July 6, when a number of firearms have been seized, alongside with a number of falsified paperwork, cast ID badges and physique armour.

Bradley Bell, 35, is charged with: 

  • One rely of illegal use of army uniforms or certificates;
  • Three counts of possession of a firearm whereas unauthorized;
  • Three counts of careless use, storage, dealing with and transportation of a firearm;
  • Two counts of possession of stolen property below $5,000;
  • One rely of possession of physique armour with out a legitimate allow, and;
  • Traffic Safety Act costs, together with driving whereas unauthorized, driving with out registration and driving whereas uninsured.

“We are still working to understand why Mr. Bell went to such lengths to represent himself as an ex-member of the Canadian military,” stated Calgary police Sgt. Ben Lawson.

“Regardless of his motivation, we recognize that illegal possession and improper handling of firearms can have significant impacts on community safety.”

The group Stolen Valour Canada issued a assertion:

“We remember the blood, sweat and tears that it took to earn a piece of metal attached to coloured ribbon, a strip of cloth or an embroidered badge, we are also most protective of the title ‘veteran,'” it learn.

“Fakery just isn’t flattery, it’s chilly, calculated deception. Over the course of the previous seven years, SVC has uncovered posers, fakes and embellishers who’ve used their false army narratives to ‘promote their providers/expertise,’ safe entry to employment alternatives or advance their political aspirations. Intimidation, theft, fraud together with accessing veteran/army advantages, questionable charity schemes, embezzlement and courting scams are routinely linked with false claims of armed forces service.

“Fortunately, many veterans serve in Canada’s police services and they recognize that stolen valour is often the tip of the iceberg. SVC commends the CPS for their successful investigation in this case and we’ll will watch for further developments concerning potential ‘stolen valour’ charges.”

Police say the investigation continues and additional costs might be laid.

Anyone with data is requested to name police at 403-266-1234 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

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