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49 guns stolen from a Saucier pawn shop, four men facing federal charges

Four men are facing federal charges for allegedly burglarizing a Saucier pawn shop and selling several of the stolen guns. (Photo source: WLOX) Four men are facing federal charges for allegedly burglarizing a Saucier pawn shop and selling several of the stolen guns. (Photo source: WLOX)
ATF agents said guns stolen from a Saucier pawn shop were put under a mattress behind a Gulfport shop so the buyer could get them. (Photo source: WLOX) ATF agents said guns stolen from a Saucier pawn shop were put under a mattress behind a Gulfport shop so the buyer could get them. (Photo source: WLOX)
SAUCIER, MS (WLOX) -

Four men are behind bars facing federal charges for allegedly burglarizing a Saucier pawn shop and selling several of the guns.

George Sullivan, Kevin Edwards and Willie Carter were in court Tuesday for a preliminary hearing where a judge denied bond for all three. Tyson Lee Gaines waived his preliminary hearing and is also being held without bond.

An ATF agent testified 49 guns and other items were taken from Friendly Pawn Shop on Highway 49 sometime during the weekend of June 6, 2015. Twenty six of the guns still haven't been found.

According to a federal agent, power was cut to surveillance cameras at the pawn shop during the burglary, but a nearby camera caught a vehicle across the street the same weekend. The vehicle led investigators to Tyson Gaines.

Gaines told investigators he had nothing to do with the burglary, but around 40 law enforcement officers began surveillance on him and others they believe were involved.

Agents saw Gaines at a Gulfport barber shop numerous times on June 23, 2015. Investigators said Gaines met with George Sullivan, Kevin Edwards, and Andrew Young.

Surveillance units saw Sullivan and Young conduct an "apparent transaction" according to court documents. Agents followed the men behind a Gulfport shopping center where an agent said Young put a bag under a mattress.

Investigators said Marcello Woods pulled up and took the bag from under the mattress, agents pulled Woods over and found 20 guns in the bag. All were stolen from Friendly Pawn.

Sullivan and Young went to Gaines' home. Investigators followed them and took them for questioning.

According to court documents, Young told investigators what happened. Young is not charged in the case.

Sullivan told investigators he was selling guns he "suspected" were stolen from Friendly Pawn. He also said Willie Carter contacted him two times to get firearms from him and sell them. Three guns were found at Sullivan's home, according to agents. Two were confirmed stolen from the pawn shop.

Gaines told investigators he knew about the plot to burglarize Friendly Pawn before it happened. Gaines said Kevin Edwards and another man burglarized the business and Carter was the driver. Gaines admitted to agents he told Gaines how to dispose of the guns after the burglary. He also told agents he thought Carter had several rifles because he "wasn't dealing with long guns, only shot guns and hand guns."

Edwards asked for a lawyer and didn't speak with investigators.

According to court documents, a day after Sullivan, Edwards, and Gaines were arrested, agents arrested Carter. He told investigators he got numerous firearms from Gaines and gave them to Sullivan. Carter told agents he believed the firearms were stolen.

During testimony, an agent said Sullivan has a criminal history and spent about eight years in prison, and Edwards has a "very extensive criminal history."

Edwards' attorney, Peter Barrett, asked a federal agent about how he knew his client was in a meeting while in the barber shop.

"Did he get a haircut that day?" Barrett asked.

Carter's attorney, Doyle Lee Coats, told the court if Carter's mother was to testify, she would say her son was a "very good boy, not violent in any way." Coats said his client has a job, goes to church, and is a "nice, knowledgeable guy."

Coats also asked an agent if he knew about Carter's criminal history. The agent said Carter had been arrested on a murder charge before, but he was never indicted on that charge.

Sullivan's attorney, Cecil Woods, also had several questions for the agent. He asked if Sullivan's family could get his wallet back; an agent said they could.

In the end, the judge denied bond for all three suspects in court and ruled there was sufficient probable cause to send the case against the men to a grand jury.

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