Baton Rouge police arrested three men Wednesday in the theft of bayonets, suppressors, boxes of ammunition and 50 firearms, including large-caliber and custom-made guns, stolen during a recent burglary of a gun store, police said.
Burglars on July 6 broke through a back wall to get into Meaux Guns and Ammo on Mammoth Avenue in Baton Rouge, according to an affidavit of probable cause.
The store was formerly known as Red Jacket Firearms, the setting for the reality show “Sons of Guns” that was renamed after former owner Will Hayden was accused last year of raping a child.
Surveillance cameras recorded three or four masked men stealing the 50 guns and weapon accessories, the affidavit states.
Three days later, officers tried to pull over a car driven by Charles Kieran Evans, 19, for a faulty light, according to the report.
Evans took off and led police on a chase but eventually was caught. Officers found firearm rounds in his pocket and a box of rare ammunition in his car, the report states.
Police connected the ammunition to the Meaux Guns burglary, in part because the hand-written price tag matched handwriting used in the store.
Evans at first told police he found the boxes of ammunition.
In a police interview Wednesday, though, Evans confessed to participating in the Meaux Guns burglary, according to the report.
He also named two accomplices, Geno Eugene Lyons, 23, and Oneal Nicholas Thompson, 19.
All three were arrested Wednesday on counts of simple burglary and theft of a firearm, Baton Rouge police said in a news release.
Officers also believe the three were responsible for the burglary of Bowie Outfitters on Perkins Road and the attempted burglary of Hebert’s Guns in Gonzales, also in July, the release states.
On June 9, 32 firearms were stolen from Bowie Outfitters.
Evans told police the trio participated in the two burglaries and the attempted burglary, according to the affidavit.
DNA from a pair of sunglasses found at Hebert’s Guns matched Evans, and a cigarette butt found in a stolen vehicle used in the Bowie Outfitters burglary had Lyons’ DNA, officers wrote.
After reviewing Meaux’s and Hebert’s surveillance tapes, detectives said Evans appeared to be wearing the “same unique capri pants” during both burglaries.
Eighty-two guns were stolen between the burglaries at Meaux’s and Bowie Outfitters, said L’Jean McKneely, a police spokesman. He said police recovered 11 guns along with accessories when they made the arrests Wednesday and are searching for the 71 firearms still missing.