Man arrested for pawning stolen guns in Shreveport

By Tracy Clemons - bio|email

SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA)- A Bossier City man is busted in Shreveport for pawning stolen guns. Police arrested 34 year old Jerel Ulrich at National Jewelry and Pawn near the intersection of Hollywood and Jewella.

"Over the past several weeks, our pawn shop investigator had began to notice that one individual had been pawning an inordinate number of firearms. In other words, it was above and beyond the pale of what would be considered normal," says Shreveport Police Public Information Officer Bill Goodin.

It's believed that Ulrich has stolen and pawned close to 50 guns.

"Obviously we felt that he was obtaining these firearms illegally. So we worked, and were able to determine that these guns had been stolen from Bossier Parish," Goodin says.

Pawn shops have to submit a log of everything pawned every day. There's one SPD detective assigned to going through those records. That detective noticed the spike in pawned guns attached to Ulrich's name.

"Today, all the pawn shops had been on notice to be on the lookout for this guy."

Early Thursday afternoon, he showed up at National Jewelry and Pawn attempting to pawn seven more.

"So patrol officers were dispatched. We took this person into custody, and he was subsequently booked into Shreveport City Jail on one count of illegal possession of a stolen firearm, and one count of felony theft."

In Bossier Parish, he faces 22 counts of theft of a firearm.

Ulrich is being held at Shreveport City Jail. We're told that he will be held in Shreveport as a fugitive from Bossier Parish. After Shreveport finishes with him, he'll be transferred to Bossier.

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