Two guns stolen from agent’s car re­cov­ered

The Washington Post Sunday - - LOCAL OPINIONS - BY MARTIN WEIL martin.weil@wash­post.com

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.

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