Lubbock Officials Confiscate 15 Stolen Guns and Make Arrest - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

9/17/07

Lubbock Officials Confiscate 15 Stolen Guns and Make Arrest

Source: Lubbock Co. Sheriff's Dept. Source: Lubbock Co. Sheriff's Dept.

Investigators continue to look for 35 stolen guns.

Fifteen are in custody of Lubbock authorities, and a suspect in the case has been charged. Joshua Ryan Watkins, 23, was arrested around 5 a.m. Saturday morning. He's charged with felony theft of firearms.

This started back in July when an East Lubbock County man reported 46 guns were stolen from his house. Investigators tell us the residence at 2306 East County Road 5800 is vacant, but the owner was storing some things inside.

Saturday, that investigation took authorities to the 1700 block of 94th Street after sheriff's officials connected Watkins to the stolen guns when they found ten of them in Lubbock pawn shops. When police searched the home they found five more of the firearms inside after arresting Watkins.

Captain Don Carter with the Lubbock Sheriff's Office says, "Essentially we're taking an individual who has committed these crimes and holding him accountable for it. This particular individual has made bond and is out on bond, which he's entitled to and he'll get to see his day in court."

The confiscated weapons range from shotguns and hand guns to assault rifles. Investigators tell us the street value for some of these guns range from $90 - $700. Watkins bailed out of jail on a $2,500 bond about 3 a.m. Monday.

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