A total of 17 guns – handguns, rifles and shotguns – were stolen; 13 have now been recovered. On Tuesday evening, 47 year old Amado Cardenas, Jr. of Stock Island was arrested after detectives received information he’d sold two guns to another man. The man who purchased the guns agreed to cooperate with the investigation and turned the guns over to detectives. The Bushmaster assault rifle and the Colt .45 caliber rifle were positively identified as two of the stolen guns. The man said he paid $100 for the assault rifle and $50 for the other gun. He said when he asked Cardenas why the guns were so inexpensive, Cardenas told him he was selling them for a friend who needed money.
Cardenas –who has eight felony convictions on his record – was charged with two counts each of possession of two firearms by a convicted felon and dealing in stolen property.