7,000 to 10,000 stolen firearms recovered

by Miles

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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  • Trey Trey on Oct 29, 2015

    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 Phil Hsueh on Nov 03, 2015

    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.