Provided by Lubbock Sheriff's Office
The Lubbock Sheriff's Office recently conducted undercover operations dealing with the undocumented buying and selling of precious metals and other merchandise, including stolen firearms at two local businesses. The month's long investigation led to search warrants being issued, and executed by a multitude of agencies that include the Sheriff's Office, Lubbock County District Attorney's Office, Tx. Dept. of Public Safety, the Lubbock Police Dept. along with local offices of the ATF, IRS, US Attorney's Office and US Postal Inspectors.
In addition to the businesses, three private residences and one bank account were also searched for evidence along with proceeds that may have been derived from criminal activity. As a result of the search, liquid assets in excess of $900,000 were seized and are pending forfeiture. Evidence collected consisted of computer software, store ledgers, and financial statements detailing the businesses financial activity and business transactions. As a result of this investigation the recovery of several stolen firearms has taken place accompanied by the arrests of three individuals on charges ranging from "failure to report the purchase of regulated metals", to "a felon in possession of a firearm", with the possibility of additional state and federal charges being filed at a later date.
The businesses under investigation are listed as "The Gold Stop" and "John's Pay More Gold Stop" and have been the subject of a lengthy investigation based on information received during previous investigations of theft and burglary committed throughout the Lubbock and surrounding area. The business' owner John H. Scott Jr., and store managers Richard Bowles and Stephen Zane Hall were all present at the time of the search warrant's execution and each placed under arrest. As this investigation continues to develop, the possibility of additional charges and arrest may arise.
"The Gold Stop" 2423-34th St.,
"John's Pay More Gold Stop" 2147-B-50th St.
Scott, John H. Jr. 50, failure to report the purchase of regulated metals & felon in possession of a firearm
Hall, Stephen Zane 60, failure to report the purchase of regulated metals & felon in possession of a firearm
Bowles, Richard 78, failure to report the purchase of regulated metals