Two guns stolen from agent’s car recovered
Two handguns reported stolen from a vehicle used by a federal agent were found shortly afterward in Montgomery County last week: one after a drug transaction arrest and the other in a wooded area, county police said.
The account provided by police appears to offer a brief glimpse of the first stages of the odyssey on which stolen firearms may often embark.
By coincidence, the theft from the agent’s car in Montgomery came on the same day a rifle issued by the Prince George’s County police was reported missing. (See story on C6. )
Events in Montgomery began about 6:30 a.m. Thursday with a report of a theft on Sweetspire Drive in the Clarksburg area.
A backpack had been stolen from a vehicle assigned to a federal agent, and in the pack were two guns that had been issued to him, police said. The agent’s name and employer were not released.
About 2:30 p.m. Thursday, about eight hours after the theft was reported, detectives elsewhere in the Clarksburg area saw a drug transaction near the 12100 block of Pine Pond Place and made an arrest, police said.
They said a man arrested after the transaction had in his possession one of the guns that were reportedstolen from the agent’ s car.
Police said Jarvis Johnson, 18, whose address they said was unconfirmed, was charged with possession of a firearm by a minor, carrying a handgun on his person and theft.
Police said further investigation led them to the arrest later Thursday of Tavis Lee Clore, 18, of an unconfirmed address on Pine Pond Drive in Clarksburg. He was described in a police statement as an additional suspect in the theft from the agent’s vehicle.
Finally, police said, their investigation led to a wooded area off Prices Distillery Road in Clarksburg. The second stolen gun was found there, they said. They did not say how it came to be there.