Neighbor speaks, man arrested after 7000+ stolen guns found near Pageland

26 Oct 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Man Arrested For Having Over 7,000 Stolen Guns [VIDEO].

Chesterfield County, S.C., Sheriff Jay Brooks tells the Charlotte Observer there could be as many as 10,000 handguns and rifles in the home and storage building of Brent Nicholson, 51, of Pageland, S.C.Police went to serve Brent Nicholson, who had been arrested earlier in the week for drug trafficking, with a subpoena when they noticed stolen goods leading them to Nicholson’s arsenal according to local CBS affiliate WBTV.

A MAN in South Carolina has been charged in connection with stolen goods after police seized between 7,000 and 10,000 stolen guns from a house and warehouse. The sheriff told the station almost all of the weapons were shotguns and hunting rifles and that it looked like Nicholson was hoarding guns others had stolen for him. Over 100 law enforcement officers participated in the raid, and police hope to begin sifting through the thousands of guns on Monday in an attempt to return them to their rightful owners.

They found chainsaws and a welder “in plain sight” on the front law that had been reported stolen only days earlier, that station and The Observer reported. Deputies also found hunting crossbows; ammunition; taxidermed deer, elk and alligator heads; hunting mounts; tools; air compressors and more than 500 chainsaws – most of it, Brooks said, stolen. It’s believed all of it was stolen. “There’s no evidence that he even used them,” Brooks said. “There’s no evidence that he was selling them – he just wanted them. According to police, the raid started Friday night and is reportedly part of an ongoing investigation involving multiple jurisdictions that could have ties to counties in North Carolina as well.

The deputies knew because they had written the stolen property reports. “They went to a judge and got a search warrant and went back to the house and found literally thousands of guns,” Brooks told The Observer. “They secured the scene and called everybody in. Saturday, arrived in Chesterfield County about an hour later and was in the county jail charged with possession of stolen property, Brooks said. “There’s much more to come,” he added. He said others may be arrested in the matter in Pageland, a town of 2,800 about 15 miles south of Monroe otherwise known for its yearly watermelon festival.

Many of the items, Brooks said, appear to have been stolen from North Carolina homes and hunting cabins. “There were five sheriffs standing around – all of us with at least 25 years of experience – and none of us have ever seen anything like this,” Brooks said. “The SLED agents had never seen anything like this.”

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