Oct. 09--Two men accused of breaking into Cabela's Outpost last spring and taking handguns pleaded guilty Thursday to federal firearm charges.
Chartavis D. Graham, 18, and Edward Quantese Pollard, no age given, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court to theft of firearms from the inventory of a federal firearms licensee.
Richmond County sheriff deputies responding to a burglary alarm about 2:45 a.m. March 6 found a broken front glass door at Cabela's off River Watch Parkway, testified Agent Jason Strickland of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. Inside the store officers found at least two glass display cases broken.
A total of 18 handguns were stolen.
Strickland said their first lead in the case occurred on March 23 when one of the stolen weapons was found in a Budget Inn room on Center West Parkway. The gun had been left behind, and interviews with the room's former occupants lead to Pollard and Graham.
Two more handguns were found at the home where Pollard and Graham lived, Strickland testified. So far, 11 of the 18 handguns have been recovered.
A sentencing date has not been set. Pollard, who is free on bond, and Graham, who remains in custody because of additional pending charges in Aiken County, face up to 10 years in prison, although Thursday's guilty pleas will reduce their time behind bars.
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