Bond Tops 80K For Former Felon Caught With Stolen Guns [GALLERY]

By: Leon County Sheriff's Office, Julie Montanaro Email
By: Leon County Sheriff's Office, Julie Montanaro Email
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UPDATED July 23, 2013
By Julie Montanaro

A Tallahassee man accused of stashing stolen guns remains jailed with a bond that tops 80-thousand dollars.

Robert Edwards was arrested last week after deputies found three guns in his car and 11 more at his home on Warwick Street.

Deputies have since confirmed 11 of the guns were reported stolen.

Edwards' attorney is now questioning the legality of the traffic stop that started it all.

"If the car is ruled out, or ruled that the search was no good, then by law, the following search of the house is not good," Eagan said.

A Leon County Sheriff's Office press release indicates deputies say they initially stopped Edwards for a suspended drivers license after an undercover drug buy.

Deputies say Edwards is a 13-time convicted felon. He's now facing 16 new felony charges.


UPDATED by Julie Montanaro
July 19, 2013

We showed you the cache of weapons yesterday and today, some startling stats that may send gun owners scrambling for a camera.

Deputies say the AR-15 was found in the trunk, a loaded SigSauer near the center console and a tiny Deringer in the driver side door pocket.

Deputies say three guns in Robert Edwards BMW and a tip led them to 11 more guns at his home on Warwick Street. Arrest papers released Friday show they were found in his bedroom closet. So far, 11 of the 14 guns have been confirmed "stolen."

"Some of these guns were actually stolen this year and usually it's several years down the road after the gun's been used in a crime or dumped somewhere that we recover them, so this is very fortunate," SGT Wiley Meggs said.

Detectives are now trying to contact the gun owners and will send the guns to FDLE to be sure none has been used in a crime.

A report released by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms just last month shows both Florida and Georgia are in a dubious top three. Georgia ranks second and Florida ranks third for the number of firearms stolen in 2012. Each had more than 12-thousand guns reported lost or stolen last year.

Deputies recommend gunowners keep detailed information about they guns they own, so they can be traced if they're ever stolen.

"Take a photograph that shows the make and model and serial number, the overall condition of the gun just to safeguard against that theft" said LCSO Spokesman James McQuaig, "and if you are the victim of a theft you can report it correctly."

ATF called stolen guns a "substantial" public safety threat saying many wind up being sold on the black market.

Edwards told deputies he got at least four of the guns on the street.

He's now facing eleven counts of grand theft firearm and additional charges because deputies say as a 13-time convicted felon he shouldn't have had any.


UPDATED by Julie Montanaro
July 18, 2013

A Tallahassee man is busted for prescription drugs, but it's what deputies found in his car that really surprised them.

Deputies stopped 44 year old Robert Edwards. They say he had two handguns within reach and an AR-15 assault rifle in the trunk.

When deputies later searched his home, they found 11 more guns including a sawed off shotgun and an assortment of Remingtons, Glocks and Berettas.

So far deputies have confirmed 10 of the guns are stolen.

"He identified four of the guns he'd gotten off the street, but he didn't identify why he was stockpiling so many weapons," SGT Wiley Meggs said.

Deputies say several of the guns were reported stolen during home burglaries in the last six to eight months.

The guns will now be sent to FDLE for testing to see if any of them have been used in crimes.

Deputies recommend gun owners take pictures of their guns and keep a record of the makes, models and serial numbers. They estimate fewer than half of guns stolen are recovered and returned.


Press Release: Leon County Sheriff's Office

On July 17, 2013, members of the Leon County Sheriff’s Office Vice Unit observed a vehicle being driven by 44 year old Robert L. Edwards.

The undercover detectives had previously purchased prescription medication from Edwards and performed a traffic stop due to Edwards having a suspended driver’s license.

Once stopped, Edwards was arrested for the drug sales charge and traffic offenses. Detectives located additional prescription medication packaged in unmarked containers on Edwards’ person.

They also located 3 firearms in his vehicle, two handguns and an AR-15. Additional information led detectives to Edwards’ house in the 2000 block of Warwick Street where they located 11 additional firearms.

When detectives checked the firearms, they learned that 9 had been reported stolen (1 with Gadsden County, 1 with TPD and 7 with LCSO).

Edwards has 13 prior felony convictions. Edwards was taken to the Leon County Jail.


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