Last week, authorities seized somewhere between 7,000 and 10,000 stolen guns from the property of an alleged opium and heroin trafficker in Chesterfield County, South Carolina.
The gun thief, identified as Brent Nicholson, had stored the cache of guns in a warehouse and house near Pageland, according to WBTV.
Investigators were stunned at the sheer volume of stolen guns, which filled multiple tractor trailers.
“None of us have ever seen anything anywhere close to this,” said Chesterfield County Sheriff Jay Brooks. “No telling how many break-ins this will held [sic] wrap up.”
Police believe that Nicholson wasn’t the only one stealing firearms, but had help from associates. They estimate that at least 99 percent of the seized guns were stolen.
What’s puzzling is that there was no evidence that Nicholson was attempting to sell the stolen guns. Sheriff Brooks said, “(he) looks like a gun hoarder to be honest with you.”
This discovery had at least one neighbor scratching his head.
“He’s always been a good cat, but you know, people do things,” said Rusty Fender, a neighbor.
Fender had difficulty making sense of the situation.
“What was you thinking? Why was you collecting that many firearms? What was you planning on doing with them? I mean was you planning on starting a riot?” questioned Fender.
In addition to the firearms, police found taxidermy supplies, 150 chainsaws, 4-wheelers and ammunition — most of which also appeared to be stolen.
“I don’t understand why he done the things he done, but I’m glad it’s off the streets,” said Fender.
Nicholson was already facing charges for the drug trafficking, but will now obviously face charges for theft and possession of stolen property.
Weird story. Weird guy.