- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 28, 2015

July 28—GULFPORT — A federal grand jury has indicted four men, three of them felons, following an investigation in the theft of 49 firearms from a Saucier business.

Tyson Lee Gaines Sr., 34, Kevin Gerard Edwards, 50, and Willie Carter, 34, are accused of stealing the firearms from Friendly Pawn and Auto on U.S. 49 over the weekend of June 6 and selling them.

A court document alleges Andre Lattour Young, 31, went with George Sullivan Jr. to place a bag containing 19 handguns and a shotgun under a mattress behind a business in Hardy Court shopping center on June 23.

Sullivan, 43, was soon arrested with the others but died in custody July 4. The Stone County coroner said Sullivan had health problems and died of natural causes from a pulmonary embolism.

The arrests came after Gaines was identified as a suspect through surveillance video, according to the criminal complaint of an Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives agent.

ATF reportedly had Gaines under surveillance when he met with the others. Agents said they watched Sullivan and Young drive to Hardy Court and leave a bag under a mattress. Agents saw a different man, who was not indicted with the others, retrieve the bag, and followed the men to Gaines’ home in Gulfport, the complaint said.

Agents seized the bag, which contained 19 of the firearms stolen from Friendly Pawn, the complaint said. The investigation led to a six-count indictment.

Gaines, Edwards and Carter each were indicted on charges of theft of firearms from a licensed dealer’s inventory and receipt, possession or disposal of stolen firearms.

Gaines, Edwards and Young each face a charge of felon in possession of a firearm.

Carter faces a charge of sale or disposal of firearms to prohibited persons, identified in the indictment as Sullivan and Young.

Gaines, Edwards and Carter are held without bond. Arraignments are pending.

Court documents show a warrant was issued for Young’s arrest when the indictment was filed June 22.


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