What’s more weird? That he stole the guns or that the guns were there to be stolen. Who needs 17 guns?
Lexington County Sheriff’s department spokesman Maj. John Allard says it can be expected. “This is South Carolina. There are individuals who have a large number of firearms legitimately,” he said.
There’s a legitamate reason to have a .38-caliber Smith & Wesson handgun, a 7.65-mm pistol, a 12-gauge Browning over/under trap shotgun with an adjustable stock, two Remington 12-gauge shotguns, a Remington 20-gauge shotgun, a Remington 410 shotgun, two Winchester .22-caliber rifles, a Colt .22-caliber rifle, a Browning 410 over/under shotgun, a Glock 9-mm handgun, a Glock .40-caliber handgun, a Smith & Wesson .357-caliber handgun, and a Ruger .357-caliber handgun?
Well, regardless of whatever this victim was up to with his absurd collection of handguns, rifles and shotguns, they were all stolen along with jewelry and cash, according to a report by The State.
Lexington County officers say that 19-year-old Richard Todd Olin stole the weapons from a family friend who he knew would be away on a fishing trip. Investigators are looking into reports that Olin sold some of the weapons to buy crack cocaine. So far, they’ve recovered 11 of the weapons from Olin, but six are still unaccounted for, including three of which were used to buy drugs.
“It’s always a concern when firearms end up in the hands of drug dealers,” Allard said. “It heightens the risk to the public and law enforcement, generally.”
Anyone with any information about the firearms stolen during the burglary is asked to contact the Lexington County Sheriff’s Department at (803) 785-8230 or CrimeStoppers at 1-888-CRIME-SC.