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Deputies seize 440 guns in Cowlitz Co., 8 teens arrested for stealing 50 firearms

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(Photo: Cowlitz County Sheriff's Office) (Photo: Cowlitz County Sheriff's Office)
(Photo: Cowlitz County Sheriff's Office) (Photo: Cowlitz County Sheriff's Office)
COWLITZ COUNTY, WA (KPTV) -

Cowlitz County deputies arrested eight people for stealing over 50 firearms, then seized almost 400 guns from the victims house.

Cowlitz County Sheriff's Office said during an investigation eight people were arrested for stealing and/or possessing over 50 firearms, many of the firearms are believed to be fully automatic.

Deputies believe they have recovered all of the stolen firearms.

CCSO said the suspects sold some of the firearms, some were pawned, and some were destroyed by the suspects.

According to CCSO, during the investigation Deputy Riley McNeal learned the victim, who is in his eighties, had previous felony convictions and was prohibited from possessing the firearms legally.

Eight deputies spent a day removing almost 400 firearms from the victims property.

CCSO said charges against the victim for illegal possession of the firearms are being considered.

CCSO noted that the firearms appear to be a collection and there is no information that suggests the victim had any plans for criminal use of the firearms.

Deputies arrested Skylar Smith, 19, and Justin C. Gillman, 19, for burglary, trafficking of stolen property, and theft of firearm; and Mycah U. Mendoza, 18, for burglary and theft of firearm. They were booked into the Cowlitz County Jail.

Deputies also arrested two 17-year-old boys, two 16-year-old boys and a 15-year-old boy. They have been charged with burglary and theft of firearm.

CCSO said the investigation is ongoing and more arrests may be made.

Anyone who has information about this case is asked to call Deputy Riley McNeal.

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