A man whose pizza order led to the discovery of an arsenal in his Brandon home has been sentenced to two years house arrest.
He was arrested after he threatened to show up at a city pizza shop with a shotgun because staff couldn’t fill his "unreasonable" order.
Shortly after making that threat, he was found in a pickup truck that contained a shotgun and 47 rounds of matching 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 the evening of July 18, 2013, Robert Craig Hans Bruderer used his cellphone to place an order from Santa Lucia Pizza 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 that the pizza wouldn’t cook properly, he threatened to show up at the shop with a shotgun.
Police arrived at Bruderer’s home on the 1500-block of Third Street 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 live shotgun shells that matched the gun, which didn’t have a trigger lock. They also found a rifle clip with one live round in it.
Cops then got a warrant for the home and found the following weapons inside.
In Bruderer’s bedroom was a prohibited spring-loaded knife under his bed, and prohibited brass knuckles in a dresser drawer.
In a basement workshop was 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 held an unsecured 12-gauge shotgun without a trigger lock; the other contained two rifles, a combat rifle, a semi-automatic rifle and two shotguns.
In the living room was a sawed-off pump-action shotgun.
Bullets and shotgun shells were also found 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 collectors’ 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 house arrest followed by one year of probation.
Bruderer is banned from having guns for 10 years.
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Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition August 6, 2014