Five out of six police and sheriff departments had gun crimes in the past week and all agree that at least 90 percent of those gun crimes are drug related.
Jim O'Field often works into the wee hours, and he says the three young men who broke into his J&J gun shop early Thursday morning are lucky it was only the surveillance cameras that caught them in the act of steal seven rifles.
“I would have sicked the dog on them, then used deadly force,” Gun Shop Owner Jim O’Field said.
Lawrence County Det. Aaron Bollinger said it was three young males and they think they are from the South Point area, maybe near the location.
Bollinger and O'Field said it doesn't take a rocket scientist to guess where the stolen guns might end up, which is on the street to trade for drugs.
That scenario sounds like the loaded assault rifle, loaded pistol and big bag of crack cocaine Huntington Police recovered Thursday.
After police found this evidence, they arrested two Detroit men, Tyrone Henderson and Patrick Jermaine Bryant on drug trafficking, firearm and fugitive charges.
Huntington Police Dept. Chief Gene Baumgardner said about half and half of Huntington gun crime suspects are locals versus those from out of town. Those Detroit dealers put a lot of influence on our local people.
Chief Baumgardner said even though people commit crimes, those two loaded guns will never shoot or kill someone and that $65,000 worth of crack cocaine will never be smoked.
As to the South Point gun crime, detectives think the three suspects are from the Burlington area.
If you have any information that might help out, call the Lawrence County sheriff's office.