South Carolina can never make the news for a positive reason, these days, it seems. The latest news coming out of the southernmost Carolina involves one man and 10,000 guns (not a typo). Chesterfield County deputies seized the arsenal on Friday, after receiving a tip and obtaining a search warrant. The guns were were hidden in a home near Pageland, SC. Brent Nicholson was arrested in Union County, NC, for the hoard of stolen firearms.
Even more stolen guns were found in Nicholson’s father’s home and a liquor store believed to be owned by the two. In addition to the guns, investigators also found hundreds of boxes of ammunition in the house, along with truckloads tools and taxidermy. These items are also believed to be stolen.
Nicholson had been on the radar of law enforcement for some time now. “His name always popped up regarding stolen property and we finally got enough info for a search warrant,” said Chesterfield Sheriff Jay Brooks. “He was hoarding most of it, but it’s all stolen material from all over numerous counties and it’s going to take a lot to sort all this out.” Nicholson was also a person-of-interest for the authorities in Union County. According to deputies there, “several cases involving stolen guns lead back to him.”
Authorities do not believe that Nicholson was selling the guns. They say he was buying the stolen straps and hoarding them in his home. It is unclear why he needed over 10,000 guns. He was arrested and transported back to Pageland on a charge of possession of stolen property. His father and wife could also face charges.
The ATF has stepped in to lend a helping hand in building the case and tracing the origin of the guns. Brooks said, “It may take two months before we know where they come from. Some we may never know. We may make every effort to return to rightful owner.”