7,000 to 10,000 stolen firearms recovered

If you or anyone you know of, live in South Carolina and have experienced a firearms theft, it might be worth a shot to contact the authorities in Pageland, South Carolina with the description and serial number of the firearm. A man was recently caught with a warehouse of between 7,000 to 10,000 stolen firearms amid a number of other stolen artifacts as well. They mostly seem to be hunting rifles and shotguns. The guy also apparently used a system of thieves to build up this massive stockpile. What on earth was this guy waiting for? A chance to arm an entire regiment for the economic meltdown? Police are going to start going through all the firearms on Monday in an effort to return them to their rightful owners.

Deputies arrested Brent Nicholson in Union County, NC, in connection to the stolen goods, deputies said Saturday.

The seized guns, ammunition, and hundreds of other items were all found Friday evening on a single property off of Highway 9 outside of Pageland city limits, which is about 3 miles from the NC border, said Chesterfield County Sheriff Jay Brooks.

Brooks says the guns alone filled one tractor trailer and ammunition filled another.

Nicholson was arrested and charged with possession of a stolen firearm and drug charges, including trafficking opium and heroin, earlier in the week in Union County. Deputies reportedly went to serve him with a subpoena Friday and noticed what appeared to be stolen goods in his front yard.


Brooks says Nicholson lived at the home where the items were found. It is believed that other people stole the guns for him.

When asked what Nicholson was doing with so many guns, Brooks said, “(he) looks like a gun hoarder to be honest with you.” Deputies have found no evidence that he ever sold any of the guns.

“You know he just had 7,000 guns,” Brooks said. “99.9 percent are hunting rifles and shot guns.”


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  • kipy

    “You know he had just 7,000 guns”
    Life goals.

  • Edeco

    Sea mine?

    • Anton Gray Basson

      It’s deactivated- smacks it with the butt of a shotgun.

      • Anonymoose


  • jng1226

    Before I even read the article, just judging from the picture, Sheriff Brooks got it right – an insane “Buried Alive” hoarder, with the OCD affliction for traditional long guns. Weirdo.

  • M.M.D.C.

    “Deputies have found no evidence that he ever sold any of the guns.”

    So how long does it take the drug addicts of Chesterfield County, SC to steal 7000 guns? It just goes to show that there are a LOT of guns out there in closets and under beds in rural America.

    • Andrew

      nvm misread

    • TheNotoriousIUD

      “…goes to show that there are a LOT of guns out there in closets and under beds…”
      That’s why mine are in a large safe.

  • Cornelius Carroll

    How long does it take to steal that many guns? I’m doing some back of the envelope math and that’s a full-time job for 20+ years!

    “This week on Hoarders….”

  • DIR911911 .

    he’s still searching for . . . the one.

  • Andrew

    Where the hell was he getting all his money from? Even if he was only paying the crackheads 50 bucks a pop, times that by 10k guns and it’s half a million dollars. Kind of depressing that a couch potato like that can make more money than you.

    At least he wasn’t spending it on Beanie Babies or John Wayne collector plates.

    • marathag

      So rather than using drug profits for a nice crib and a Ferrari, he filled up a semi with stolen shotguns.

      • Kivaari

        Not too bright.

    • M.M.D.C.

      If the Deputies were serving him with a subpoena and then charged him with trafficking in heroin, I’m guessing he payed for the guns with drugs.

  • xiver

    “They mostly seem to be hunting rifles and shotguns.”

    Hunting rifles and shotguns are probably pretty difficult to turn over. Black market handguns, on the other hand, probably have a large market. I seriously doubt that his cohorts broke in and mainly stole shotguns and rifles; those are probably just what he has left, which he couldn’t move.

    • Martin M

      I would speculate that because long arms are harder to turn over, that is why there were so many. Handguns cycle through, but the long arms just accumulate.

    • Anon

      Almost certainly this.

    • sean

      Every long gun is just a pistol waiting for a hack job

  • manBear

    Stolen firearms and … fishing rods?

    • Otm Shooter

      And an ax, or at least the ax handle.

  • claymore

    I would hate to be the officer inventorying and tagging all those.

    • TheNotoriousIUD

      “One for you, one for me…”

      • M.M.D.C.

        “One for you, two for me, one for you, three for me…”

        • Kivaari

          That should be one for me one for you, one-two for me, 2 for you, one-two-three for me, 3 for you…..

    • Kivaari

      That’s when a bar code tracking system is useful in an evidence lock-up. Years ago when the state ruled our turn of the century jail did not meet standards. It became a 3 story evidence complex.

      • MemorableC

        you still need to process them in to the system

        • Kivaari

          Yes, and that’s a drag. But, once logged in, it makes it much faster to find them. That’s especially true if the evidence storage is set up properly. The fewer hands on them the better. This case alone would make buying the gear worthwhile. It may need a new secure evidence facility meeting state standards.

  • TheNotoriousIUD

    Damn this guy was into all kinds of crap.
    Pageland seems like a weird locale for a gun and heroin ring. Ive spent some time there for work. Mostly strip clubs and golf courses.

    • billyoblivion

      Yeah, one wouldn’t expect drugs at a strip club.

      • TheNotoriousIUD

        No actually, middle aged valve salesmen are not prime consumers of black tar heroin and cocaine.
        Theyre mostly drunks.

        • billyoblivion

          The strippers are though. And their pimps.

          And more than a few of their customers are other than middle aged valve salesmen.

          • TheNotoriousIUD

            Strippers dont have pimps for the most part anymore since the Big 3 bike gangs have mostly been brought to heel. And not all strippers are drug users.

    • M.M.D.C.

      As someone who spent half his childhood in the rural South, I can tell you it’s prime territory. Justified’s portrayal of the good folks of Harlan county isn’t so far off the mark. You can find Mayberry there, too, but rednecks and hillbillys get up to all kinds of mischief. You’re unlikely to run into a Raylan Givens or a Boyd Crowder but I found the rest of the characters to be surprisingly true to life.

      • TheNotoriousIUD

        Yeah, I know the country boys like to get up to hijinks. Ive spent some time down around there.

    • Sickshooter0

      So, are you a caddie or a stripper?

      • TheNotoriousIUD

        A caddie.
        Licensed to kill gophers by the government of the United Nations.
        Man, free to kill gophers at will.
        To kill, you must know your enemy, and in this case my enemy is a varmint. And a varmint will never quit – ever. They’re like the Viet Cong – Varmint Cong. So you have to fall back on superior firepower and superior intelligence. And that’s all she wrote.

  • mosinman

    10 thousand ghost guns bought through gun show loopholes found in S.C

  • Don Ward

    I like the neighbor who was interviewed and quoted. One “Rusty Fender, Esquire”.

    “What was you thinking? Why was you collecting that many firearms? What was you planning on doing with them? I mean was you planning on starting a riot?” questioned Fender.

  • swede

    if they haven’t gone thru them yet how do they know they are stolen?

    can’t they just be guns he found in lakes/rivers from all those tragic boating accidents you lot seem to find yourself in all the time?

  • Sulaco

    Episode of “Hording buried alive” coming soon to a cable channel near you.

  • SirOliverHumperdink

    Did they confiscate the duck decoys?

  • Joe

    Apparently you CAN have to many guns!

  • DAN V.

    Takes the term room clearing to a WHOLE ‘NOTHER LEVEL.

  • Kivaari

    I’d guess there are quite a few pre-’68 guns without serial numbers. He should have pulled those out and sold them. This guys nuts.

  • Cattoo

    Be nice if my SPAS-12 was in there and I got it back but the odds are against that from happening.

  • Sam Pensive

    heck i saw at least one axe..

  • Trey

    There was a guy in my area that was a drug dealer and was busted with many firearms. He would trade drugs for guns. A druggie can always steal from a friend or relative to get drugs. I bet most of these guns came about that way

  • Phil Hsueh

    It’s nice that the police plan to try to find the owners and return the guns to them, I’d imagine that wouldn’t happen in CA and NYC. They’d probably just destroy the guns or find out who the owners are and arrest them for allowing their guns to be stolen.