December 17th , 2013 10:00 am Leave a comment

Focus in gun shop burglary turns to buyers

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Even though the Carter County Sheriff’s Department has charged two teenagers with the burglary of the Blue Springs Gun Shop, there could be more arrests to come.

 Firearms and ammunition recovered during a weekend undercover operation are displayed in Carter County Sheriff’s Department Capt. Jeff Markland’s office.  Photo by  Max Hrenda Firearms and ammunition recovered during a weekend undercover operation are displayed in Carter County Sheriff’s Department Capt. Jeff Markland’s office.


Photo by Max Hrenda
Firearms and ammunition recovered during a weekend undercover operation are displayed in Carter County Sheriff’s Department Capt. Jeff Markland’s office.

On Monday, during a press conference, Sheriff Chris Mathes and Capt. Jeff Markland revealed that two teenagers – Joshua Wade Ray, 19, 132 Dogtown Road, Elizabethton, and an unidentified 17-year-old – had been arrested and charged with aggravated burglary and theft over $10,000 in the burglary of the Blue Springs Gun Shop.

But because some firearms from the Blue Springs incident are still unaccounted for, Mathes said more arrests may be coming.

“We do know that there are a few more guns out there,” Mathes said. “I would encourage someone, if they feel like they bought a stolen weapon from this … if they’re honest and step forward, we’re not looking to charge them. If we have to go hunt them down … that may change things.”

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