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Thorold man arrested on firearm charges

He was charged with careless storage of a firearm, and careless storage of ammunition
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NEWS RELEASE
NIAGARA REGIONAL POLICE SERVICE
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May 31 update:

On May 31, 2021, the suspect was arrested.

Steven Christopher Lepera (45 years old) of Thorold was arrested and charged with the following offences of:

  • Careless storage of a firearm
  • Careless storage of ammunition

Lepera was held in custody and is expected to appear in court on June 1, 2021.

Anyone with information can contact the police at 905-688-4111, extension 1024208.

May 30 original release:

On Saturday May 29, 2021, 1 District – St. Catharines / Thorold uniform officers from the Niagara Regional Police Service (NRPS) were called to a home in Thorold for a welfare check.

At approximately 6:45PM, officers were contacted by a member of the public concerned for the welfare of a male living at home on Martin Street near Beaverdamns Road in Thorold.  Officers attended the residence and were not able to locate the man.  

1 District uniform officers and detectives along with officers from the NRPS Emergency Task Unit, and K9 Unit checked multiple locations in Thorold throughout the evening for the male. 

As a result of the investigation detectives have formed grounds to believe a criminal offence has occurred.

Steven Christopher Lepera (45 years old) of Thorold is wanted for the Criminal Code of Canada offences of:

  • Careless storage of a firearm

  • Careless storage of ammunition

Lepera is believed to be in the Niagara Region, however his current location is unknown.  He is believed to be armed and dangerous, possibly a firearm.

Lepara is described as:

  • Male white
  • 6’3 ft., medium build
  • No hair – bald
  • Brown eyes
  • Tattoos
    • Right arm – animals

    • Upper back

  • Lepera is believed to be wearing a black long sleeve shirt, grey track pants, and white sneakers

The NRPS have accounted for both of Lepera’s vehicles.

Any member of the public who observes Lepera or know his where should contact the police by calling 911. Anyone with information can call the police at 905-688-4111, extension 1024208.

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