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Pawn shop records lead to arrest for gun theft

By Cynthia Delaney

April 12, 2017

WEST WENDOVER – Internet records revealed the selling of a stolen gun to a pawn shop in Twin Falls.

According to the criminal complaint, Clifford B. Sweat, 36, of Honolulu was responsible for storing a number of guns, ammunition, protective gear, bows and arrows owned by a friend. Sometime after this agreement, Sweat claimed to have been burglarized and said that his possessions were returned to him; however, a couple of guns were unaccounted for. The owner of the weapons became suspicious but Sweat denied any involvement.

After the owner of the guns reported the theft to West Wendover police and provided box ends with serial numbers of the two missing guns, police were able to research the disappearance of the weapons on LeadsOnline, a technology service that aids law enforcement in apprehending criminals.

Police said the search revealed that Sweat sold a Rock River Arms AR-15 black rifle for $500 to a pawn shop in Twin Falls, with a serial number that matched the one provided by the owner.

Sweat was arrested April 3 on a felony warrant for grand larceny of a gun and owning or possessing a gun by a prohibited person.

Bail was listed at $40,000.


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