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HARRISTOWN — A man stole firearms and ammunition valued at more than $1,600 from his stepfather’s home near Harristown and said he exchanged them on the street for $70 worth of methamphetamine, according to Macon County sheriff's deputies.

The 31-year-old man was arrested Monday by deputies and booked on a preliminary charge of theft over $500, which is subject to review by the state attorney’s office.

A sworn affidavit by deputy Drake Lambdin said the 57-year-old stepfather noticed the weapons — three handguns and six loaded magazines — were missing Monday afternoon.

Lambdin said the stepfather suspected the stepson had taken the guns because he had access to the room where they were kept and could take them without setting off an alarm. Lambin said deputies didn’t have to go far to find the stepson, who was already being held in the Macon County Jail on other charges. Barely two hours after the gun theft was reported at 1:40 p.m., Lambdin said the stepson had been questioned, had confessed and was re-arrested on the theft charge by 3:45 p.m.

“He advised that he was using meth and pills heavily and did take all three guns from (his stepfather),” Lambdin said. “He stated he sold the guns on the street.”

The man remained in the Macon County Jail on Wednesday night in lieu of posting $30,000 bond on the new charge. If he makes bail and is released, he is ordered to stay away from his stepfather and his stepfather's home.


2018 mug shots from the Herald & Review

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Macon County Courts Reporter

Macon County courts reporter for the Herald & Review.

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