Traffic Stop Leads to Stolen Guns

By: Sarah Batista
By: Sarah Batista

January 27, 2006

$10,000 dollars worth of stolen guns have been recovered in Orange County last November and police have charged four suspects. At least two of the suspects are 18-years-old and all four have been charged with dozens of felony charges for possession of drug and stolen guns.

"Just getting these things off the street is a big relief to not only us but also the citizens," said Sheriff C.G. Feldman of the Orange County Sheriffs Office.

Virginia State Police found one gun Wednesday during a traffic stop in Fredericksburg. A check of the serial number revealed it was one of 21 guns stolen in November from a home in Orange County. Both men in the car were arrested and through further investigation, officials discovered more stolen weapons at two homes in Spotsyslvania and Stafford county. They arrested two more suspects.

"Anytime someone breaks into a residence and steals weapons, these weapons are going to end up in the wrong hands--the hands of drug dealers, gang members, etc," explained Feldman.

The guns belong to Terry Shaw, a gun collector of 17 years. He was on vacation when his house was robbed. Many of the guns are expensive antiques.

"I'm very pleased. I'm glad that it has ended well, said Shaw. "I'm glad that I have them back. I'm tickled to death."

But the hunt isn't over yet.

"We still got some weapons missing, we're hoping more information will come our way to lead to the recovery of the remainder of these firearms," said Feldman.

The serial number was another important factor in tracing these guns. The owner was smart enough to write them down, which made it much easier for authorities to identify them.

If you have any information on the stolen guns that are still missing,
call the Orange County Sheriffs Office at 540-672-1200.


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