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Dispute over pizza leads to house arrest

Brandon man threatened to bring shotgun to pie shop

A Brandon man got upset when he learned he couldn't get 33 toppings on a pizza.


A Brandon man got upset when he learned he couldn't get 33 toppings on a pizza.

BRANDON -- A man whose pizza order led to the discovery of an arsenal in his Brandon home has been sentenced to two years of house arrest.

Robert Craig Hans Bruderer was arrested after he threatened to show up at a city pizza shop with a shotgun because staff refused to fill his order. Shortly after making the threat, he was found in a pickup truck that contained a shotgun and 47 rounds of shells.

"Mr. Bruderer certainly had the capability of carrying out the threat," Crown attorney Grant Hughes said during sentencing in Brandon provincial court on Tuesday.

On July 18, 2013, Bruderer used his cellphone to place an order from the Santa Lucia Pizza outlet in Brandon.

Hughes said Bruderer made an unreasonable request to have "everything" the shop had put on the pizza -- that would have been 33 toppings.

When Bruderer was told the pizza wouldn't cook properly, he issued his threat to show up at the shop with a shotgun.

Police arrived at Bruderer's home just as the highly intoxicated suspect stepped out of the passenger seat of a pickup truck.

In the truck, police found a 12-gauge shotgun and 47 shells that could be used with the gun, which didn't have a trigger lock. They also found a rifle clip with one live round in it.

Police then got a warrant for Bruderer's home and found several weapons inside.

In Bruderer's bedroom there was a spring-loaded knife under his bed and brass knuckles in a dresser drawer. Both weapons are prohibited.

In a basement workshop, police found a prohibited butterfly-style knife and a muzzle-loader rifle on a bench, and a double-barrel, 12-gauge shotgun on a shelf.

Also in that area was a pair of unlocked lockers. One locker held an unsecured 12-gauge shotgun without a trigger lock. In the other locker, police found a combat rifle, a semi-automatic rifle and two shotguns.

Police also found a sawed-off, pump-action shotgun in the living room of the home.

Bullets and shotgun shells were also discovered in the home.

Bruderer added to his troubles on Dec. 8 when he broke his bail conditions by drinking alcohol.

In court, no mention was made of why Bruderer had the weapons, although the Crown has described him as a gun enthusiast.

Five of the guns found by police couldn't be fired. One was in disrepair, while others were missing parts. Defence lawyer Andrew Synchysyn described those as collector's items and family heirlooms.

Bruderer pleaded guilty on Tuesday to unauthorized possession of prohibited weapons, careless storage of firearms, unauthorized possession of the sawed-off shotgun, uttering threats and breach of probation.

The 23-year-old had no prior criminal record, and Judge John Combs sentenced him to two-years-less-a-day of house arrest followed by one year of probation.

Bruderer is also banned from having guns for 10 years.


-- Brandon Sun


Updated on Wednesday, August 6, 2014 at 9:40 AM CDT:
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