Grayson County Sheriff Keith Gary presented two rows of rifles in front of an American flag and a seal of the State of Texas at a press conference in his office on Friday morning. Multiple law enforcement agencies worked together to recover the firearms from a burglary that happened in Sherman around Aug. 6.
Lt. Rickey Wheeler with the GCSO said in a prepared statement that the guns were stolen in one night from inside a safe at a home in the 6000 block of Plainview Road. Gary said the burglars were likely experienced thieves who used a grinder to break into the wall safe.
The owner of the burglarized home reported to police that his collection of weaponry included more than 80 firearms and holsters, and some hunting bows. All of the man’s weapon collection was stolen, along with some jewlery. Police valued the total amount of property taken in the overnight heist at around $50,000.
On the morning of Aug. 12, Farmer’s Branch Police Department contacted the GCSO to report that a routine traffic stop had led to the recovery of 31 of the weapons and some of the stolen jewelry. Investigators from GCSO and other agencies interviewed the suspects and got information about a home in Carrolton where more of the stolen property might be located. Carrolton police obtained a search warrant for that location and discovered another one of the stolen guns there.
The Farmer’s Branch PD and GCSO declined to comment further on how the initial traffic stop led authorities to the discovery of the weapons, but Wheeler said “most of those arrested have been cooperative.” Lieutenant Wheeler said the Sheriff’s Office “will not be releasing the names of those arrested at this time due to case sensitivity.”
The ongoing burglary investigation has required the Sheriff’s Office to work with the Sherman Police Department, the Carrolton and Farmer’s Branch police departments, and the federal bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms.
Gary emphasized the importance of inter-agency cooperation in major cases like this. Gary said that as a retired federal officer himself, he was glad to see federal agents work so well with local law enforcement.
Gary said that although a large amount of the weapons stolen were recovered, many of them had likely already been sold before police busted the suspected gun traffickers: “We’re delighted to have this many recovered… a large number of them are still in the Metroplex.” All of the weapons have been entered into a national law enforcement database to help law enforcement agents track them down.