4 arrested in disappearance of AR-15s shipped to Shreveport - KSLA News 12 Shreveport, Louisiana News Weather & Sports

CPSO: 4 arrested in disappearance of 63 high-powered guns shipped to Shreveport

Posted: Updated: Oct 23, 2013 05:24 PM
A Colt AR-15 A3 Tactical Carbine (Source: Wikimedia Commons) A Colt AR-15 A3 Tactical Carbine (Source: Wikimedia Commons)
Cameron Johnson, 21 (Source: Caddo Parish Sheriff's Office) Cameron Johnson, 21 (Source: Caddo Parish Sheriff's Office)
James Minor, Jr., 44 (Caddo Parish Sheriff's Office) James Minor, Jr., 44 (Caddo Parish Sheriff's Office)
Luther Williams, Jr., 22 (Source: Caddo Parish Sheriff's Office) Luther Williams, Jr., 22 (Source: Caddo Parish Sheriff's Office)
David McNeil, 31 (Source: Caddo Parish Sheriff's Office) David McNeil, 31 (Source: Caddo Parish Sheriff's Office)
  • KSLA News 12 HeadlinesMore>>

  • Police seek trio of tattoo parlor robbers

    Police seek trio of tattoo parlor robbers

    Monday, July 28 2014 11:01 PM EDT2014-07-29 03:01:06 GMT
    Three masked men burst into a Shreveport tattoo parlor and demanded money (Source: Shreveport Police Department)Three masked men burst into a Shreveport tattoo parlor and demanded money (Source: Shreveport Police Department)
    Officers were called out early Saturday morning to the Trendsetters tattoo shop on Jewella Avenue. They said three gun-toting masked men burst into the parlor and demanded money from customers and employees.More >>
    Officers were called out early Saturday morning to the Trendsetters tattoo shop on Jewella Avenue. They said three gun-toting masked men burst into the parlor and demanded money from customers and employees.More >>
  • Neighbor says victim stopped theft over weekend

    Neighbor says victim stopped theft over weekend

    Monday, July 28 2014 9:19 PM EDT2014-07-29 01:19:36 GMT
    A neighbor said the man killed in a Monday morning home invasion stopped a theft nearby last weekend.More >>
    A neighbor said the man killed in a Monday morning home invasion stopped a theft nearby last weekend.More >>
  • Man killed in Cass County shooting wanted in Texas

    Man killed in Cass County shooting wanted in Texas

    Monday, July 28 2014 8:57 PM EDT2014-07-29 00:57:34 GMT
    Cass County Sheriff's deputies work the scene of a fatal shooting Sunday afternoon in Bloomburg.Cass County Sheriff's deputies work the scene of a fatal shooting Sunday afternoon in Bloomburg.
    The deputy involved in a fatal shooting Sunday evening in Cass County has been identified, along with the man authorities say he was attempting to serve with felony warrants. More >>
    The deputy involved in a fatal shooting Sunday evening in Cass County has been identified, along with the man authorities say he was attempting to serve with felony warrants. More >>
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.

Copyright 2013 KSLA/CBS News. All rights reserved.

Powered by WorldNow