GASTON COUNTY, NC (FOX 46) - For the first time we're hearing from the men charged with breaking into the Mount Holly Gun and Pawn Shop.
"'What's your name sir?' Trey Davis. 'Mr. Davis you are charged with felony breaking and entering, felony attempted larceny..."
And the list of charges goes on. Trey Davis Barely, 23, and Jaah'Kil Harris, 23, are accused of breaking into the Mount Holly Gun and Pawn Shop. They both appeared before a judge on Tuesday.
Harris asked for a lower bond, what he got was the opposite.
“'Any way I could get a reduction today?' 'You’re asking for a reduced bond?' 'Yes, sir.' 'Based on the charges, I consider the bond insufficient. Set the bond to $100,000 secured.'"
But the Mount Holly Gun and Pawn shop isn’t the only place that has seen criminal action. Gun shops in Concord, Charlotte, Fort Mill and Lowell have been broken into.
Question is could this be a trend? FOX 46 Charlotte asked former FBI agent and federal prosecutor M. Quentin Williams for his insight.
“They’re going in, getting these weapons, crashing their cars into the window if they need to, and immediately getting the weapons to somebody. That’s an organized methodology. Whether it’s an organized gang as we understand it, I don’t know, but they could be affiliated,” Williams said.
Williams said the stolen guns are likely staying in North Carolina because the criminals likely want to avoid more severe federal offense charges.
“Most likely, they already have customers for these guns, they’re going in to get them, and selling them to customers,” Williams explained.