Guns seized at city home
Posted: February 2, 2013
The Winchester Star
WINCHESTER — City police have seized numerous, possibly stolen, firearms and ammunition from a local home after an investigation of a series of area thefts.
According to a search warrant filed Friday in Winchester Circuit Court, officers received information from an anonymous source that the occupants of 342 Fairview Ave. had stolen firearms.
The source told police that the firearms — which included pistols and other weapons — were hidden in the Fairview residence.
Upon execution of the search warrant Wednesday, city officers confiscated (among numerous other items) a rifle, a shotgun, eight gun magazines — some found in socks with ammunition — two smoking devices, a knife blade and a can of pepper spray.
The long-rifle firearm was in the upper attic of the residence, according to the warrant.
And while owning numerous guns and ammunition is not illegal for law-abiding citizens, two residents of the house are convicted felons, according to court records.
Under federal law, felons are prohibited from buying or possessing firearms.
Police spokeswoman Lauren Cummings said Friday that charges may be pending, but no arrests have been made.
She said the case — which remains under investigation — followed a probe of several reported larcenies from motor vehicles in Winchester.
It is still unclear if the confiscated items named in the search warrant are stolen, Cummings said, adding that city officers are working with colleagues from other local jurisdictions in the case.
One of the Fairview home’s residents was arrested Tuesday in Leesburg, and during the course of that arrest and subsequent investigation, a stolen firearm — reported in Winchester — was recovered, the warrant states.
Darryl Sylvester Jackson Jr., 22, of 342 Fairview appeared Friday via video in Winchester General District Court on a grand larceny charge — stemming from the Leesburg arrest, according to court records — and was given a secured bond that was suspended later in the day by an assistant commonweath’s attorney.
He remains in the Northwestern Regional Adult Detention Center.
According to the motion to suspend Jackson’s bond, he already was on bond for a felony charge from Winchester Circuit Court when he was charged with the current felony.
Another hearing regarding Jackson’s bond is scheduled for 3 p.m. Monday in Winchester General District Court.
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