SCOTTSBORO, Ala. (WHNT) -- Jackson County Deputies are investigating more than 20 reported stolen knives and guns.
Chief Deputy Rocky Harnen says 20 Case-brand knives, one shotgun, three pistols and three rifles were reported stolen yesterday from a Section home. Wednesday was the first day the deputies worked full time on the case. "We've got some suspects obviously but it's still under investigation," Chief Deputy Harnen says.
He says it's common for residents to have several guns in the home, and he says rifles and shotguns, like the guns stolen, don't require a permit. However he says getting caught with stolen guns is a felony. He says there's no way of knowing who is now in possession of those weapons. "We obviously don't want weapons or something that can hurt somebody, in the hands of somebody it doesn't need to be in, so it is a high priority," Chief Deputy Harnen says.
Chief Deputy Harnen says in past instances like this one weapons are usually stolen to sell them. "Whether it be drugs or whatever they need money for, usually it's drugs. So that's what we're assuming that's the case, but we certainly don't know yet. We're still in our early stages of our investigation," he says.
Deputies say they've named persons of interest and expect to make an arrest soon.