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Three people arrested after stealing guns in Wainfleet break and enter
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Niagara police have charged three Welland men in relation to a break-and-enter in Wainfleet which saw the theft of a number of guns, a crossbow and ammunition.

Matthew Lottridge, 24, was arrested Thursday. Officers located 11 firearms, a crossbow and a large quantity of ammunition during his arrest, said a Niagara Regional Police news release.

Lottridge is facing a number of alleged charges, including breaking and entering to steal a firearm. He is currently in custody and will appear in court on Feb. 25.

As a result of the investigation, detectives learned more stolen firearms were being kept inside a home on Young Street in Welland.

On Friday, police blocked off the area around the residence and searched the building.

Another firearm, more ammunition and a pellet gun were found during the search. Police believe all items were stolen during the robbery.

Jeffrey Labbe, 41, and Corinne Guthro, 22, were arrested after the search.

Labbe, who was also wanted by the Niagara Regional Police on an unrelated issue, is facing a number of charges. He’s held in custody waiting for a bail hearing on Feb. 23.

Guthro was charged with obstructing a peace officer. She was released from custody on a promise to appear in court.

Police have now found 13 firearms, a substantial amount of ammunition, a crossbow and other property stolen in the break and enter.

The investigation continues but police are confident a majority of the stolen property has been recovered, according to the media release.