By: Kara Duffy
December 10, 2013
Bainbridge, GA- Investigators with Bainbridge Public Safety say over the past week they've recovered 10 firearms and at least eight of those were stolen.
They say the owner of two of those stolen guns came forward with more information on Friday, which helped authorities pin-point what happened.
"He had been talking to someone in the community who had a rifle that was similar to his, for sale," explained Major Robert Humphrey with BPS. "He then gave me the name of the individual that had it for sale and we confronted that individual."
Investigators say through that individual they were able to recover both of the man's stolen hunting rifles.
"We talked to the person who sold those guns; he in turn gave us the name of the person he bought the rifles from, which wound up being Willie Murphy," Humphrey added.
Officers then went to Murphy's house along Charles Street.
Once inside, they found several more stolen firearms.
Four of those guns had been reported stolen in June 2013 after two entering auto incidents in Bainbridge.
They also found a pound of marijuana inside Murphy's house.
Murphy was charged with possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and several theft by receiving charges.
At this time, Murphy is the only person facing charges.
Investigators say they are now working on returning all the firearms to their rightful owners.