Heather Cade says she is angry about the discovery of several firearms buried in a park near her Dunsdon Street home on Wednesday afternoon.
“I walk my dog in the woods behind those schools every day,” Cade said. “I’m angry about it because two of my kids walk back there often.
“I have lived here all my life but now I will have to tell my kids to stay out of there.”
Brantford police say the west region Ontario Provincial Police canine unit was contacted after city officers found six long guns in a wooded area in Brier Park on Ravenwood Road at about noon on Wednesday.
Police say the street crime unit became aware of a suspicious package partially buried in the ground in a forested area, located at the rear of Brier Park and Resurrection schools.
Investigators say five rifles and a shotgun were discovered buried and wrapped in a tarp and cloth.
“We don’t believe there is any danger to anyone in the area at this time,” Const. Natalie Laing said.
Police say three of the guns discovered were reported stolen in December last year during a break and enter in Brantford. Investigators say the owners of the other three guns remain unknown.
The OPP canine unit was called in to make sure all weapons and evidence were accounted for.
Const. Robert Page of the west region Ontario Provincial Police canine unit said at the scene that he was conducting a search of the area with his police dog, Gunner, an eight-year-old black lab trained to sniff out firearms and drugs.
“We will do some different search patterns,” Page said. “A lot of people walk their dogs in this park, so there are a lot of natural dog distractions.
“We are lending a hand with the search and the Brantford police will deal with the seizure of any evidence.”
Tylor Barlow, a Ravenwood Road resident for about 16 years, said he is shocked by the discovery in the quiet neighbourhood.
“I would never expect something like that to happen here,” Barlow said. “It is a little scary and I wonder who would have done it.
“I have walked my dog back there. It is really weird.”
Anyone with information about the guns is asked to contact the city police street crime unit at 519-756-7050 ext. 2286.