David McNeil, 31 (Source: Caddo Parish Sheriff's Office)
SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) -
4 people have been arrested in connection with the disappearance of more than 60 high-powered semi-automatic guns destined for Shreveport from the manufacturer in Connecticut.
The sixty-three AR-15 Colt Law Enforcement Carbines disappeared from a truck two weekends ago after leaving Hartford, Conn., home of Colt Manufacturing.
The AR-15 is a highly customizable, lightweight and easy-to-use rifle. They can be accessorized with extra scopes, larger clips and can fire as fast as a shooter can pull the trigger.
The Caddo Parish Sheriff's Office confirms that they were contacted by Con-way Freight on October 15. The company shipping the weapons told them that one of 5 pallets containing 63 Colt AR-15s was discovered to be missing from its terminal on Industrial Drive. None of the guns has been recovered.
The guns are described as black, 5.56 mm, semi-automatic with a law enforcement carbine and 16-inch barrel. They are valued at $800 each.
"People own some guns, and other people own a lot of guns, to us 63 guns is a lot," says Lt. Bill Rehak with the Caddo Parish Sheriff's Office.
According to the Caddo Parish Sheriff's Office, the company says the shipment left Connecticut on Wednesday, October 9th, and checked in at terminals along the way in New York, Maryland, Virginia and Tennessee before arriving at its final destination in Shreveport on October 12.
According to CBS News, officials from Conway told law enforcement that the pallets were scanned as a group, not individually, at each checkpoint.
Two days later, company officials discovered one of the pallets was missing. When an internal search failed to locate the property, the Sheriff's Office was contacted and an investigation was begun in cooperation with the local ATF office.
Among those interviewed by Sheriff's detectives and ATF agents was Cameron Johnson, 21, of Keithville. Johnson was a contract security guard who was on duty at the freight company on the day the guns arrived. Following his interview, Johnson was arrested and booked into Caddo Correctional Center for theft of a firearm. Also arrested for theft of a firearm was Luther M. Williams Jr., 22, of Shreveport. Bond for both men was set at $500,000.
A third suspect, James D. Minor Jr., 44, of Keithville, was arrested by Shreveport Police on drug and traffic charges. Sheriff's detectives and ATF agents interviewed him after his arrest, and he too was charged with theft of a firearm. His bond was set at $250,000.
On Oct. 17, Caddo Sheriff's detectives, ATF agents, and the Caddo Sheriff's Special Response Team conducted a search of a residence in the 11000 block of Domino Drive in Keithville. No weapons were found, but authorities did find a 65-inch television that was stolen from Con-way Freight on the same day the weapons were stolen. David McNeil, 31, was taken into custody and booked for illegal possession of stolen things. His bond was set at $500,000.
None of the suspects arrested were Con-way Freight employees. The Caddo Sheriff's Office says the company continues to fully cooperate with the investigation, which is continuing.
"We don't want anyone getting hurt with them, our main concern is getting them back," says Lt. Rehak.
Sheriff's Lt. Bill Rehak said it is possible that someone may have purchased one of the weapons and been unaware that it was stolen. Anyone recently acquiring this type of weapon from anyone other than an authorized or legitimate dealer is encouraged to contact the Sheriff's Office.
Information in this case should be forwarded to Lt. Rehak or Detective Russell Hicks with the Caddo Parish Sheriff's Office at 675-2170 or Crime Stoppers at 673-7373.
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