A Milford man who was ordered by police to surrender his firearm, ammunition and license has been charged with misleading officers about the location of the weapon.
Mark A. Macrae, 44, a dog trainer, was arrested at noon Tuesday on a warrant for failure to surrender a firearm, failure to report a lost or transferred firearm, misleading a police officer, and intimidating a witness. He was arraigned on the charges Thursday at released on $300 cash bail, and is next scheduled to appear in court Aug. 6, according to court records.
Macrae was arrested Tuesday after a caller told police a dog had been in a van, on Alfred Road, for five hours. The dog was turned over to Milford animal control. According to the police narrative, officers seized "crack pipes and other items" from the van.
According to a police statement, Milford Police detectives Jason Ball and Antonio Carneiro and a patrol officer went on June 4 to Macrae's home and business address, at 5 Grant St., to seize his license to carry, all firearms and ammunition. Ball had recommended a suspension of the license based on "narcotic use" and Police Chief Thomas O'Loughlin agreed, according to the court record.
Balll wrote that when they arrived at the house, Macrae told them his firearm and ammunition were at his "other house." On questioning, he said the firearm was at his father's house in Maine, but could not say where the house was, only that it "was near some skiing place, in the middle of nowhere." He later provided a phone number to police.
When Ball called the father, he reported he was "very curt and non-cooperative." He said he wanted to speak to his son first and would call back. Ball reported he made numerous attempts to contact the father, who was not answering the phone.
On June 13, Ball said he tried to follow up with Macrae. He made multiple trips to Grant Street, but made no contact. While enroute to court, he spotted his van outside police headquarters, and asked the dispatcher to have Macrae wait. Five minutes later, Ball said he returned and Macrae had left. He called him on his cell phone.
Ball's statement filed in court: "I identified myself as Detective Ball and asked him if he had his firearm from Maine, yet. [He] stated, "I don't know where it is. I thought it was in Maine but I drove all over and I thought it was in my other place in New Hampshire. ... I haven't seen it in six weeks. It could be in Maine still, but I can't find it." When Ball asked Macrae who brought the gun to Maine or New Hampshire, he responded "a friend."
"I then asked, 'does this friend have a name?' Macrae stated, "That's irrelevant."
Ball wrote that he then ordered Macrae to turn in the weapon or he would be charged. Macrae told the detective the gun "was never in Maine or New Hampshire" and said he had not seen it in six weeks, and last saw it in his van.
Ball said he told Macrae he was required to report the weapon as lost or stolen.
Ball filed a criminal application in court, seeking the arrest warrant, June 14.
"The Milford Police Department gave ample time for Macrae to surrender his firearm and has not done such. Finally, Macrae ... admits not knowing where his firearm is and 'has not seen it in six weeks' and not following the law in reporting it to law enforcement."
Ball stated he thought the firearm had been traded or exchanged by Macrae. "This officer believes the firearm is in the possession of a person that is not suited to possess a firearm."