2 arrested for rash of mid-state gun store burglaries

MARSHALL COUNTY, Tenn. – (WKRN) – A rash of gun shop burglaries across the mid-state have been solved with the arrest of two Marshall County men.

Officials said on Thursday morning, 20-year-old Ricky Ferguson and 21-year-old Donnie Uland broke into Steve’s Gun and Archery in Columbia, which is located on Bear Creek Pike.

Officials used surveillance video of the crimes to catch the suspects.
Officials used surveillance video of the crimes to catch the suspects.

In less than two minutes the bandits stole $7,000 worth of weapons, including eight long guns and three hand guns.

“It’s been a roller coaster ride for the last 36 hours. They got the ones behind my counter,” said Darrell Prentice, the store owner.

Prentice told News 2 Christmas presents that were supposed to be from fathers to sons were also taken. He said it was difficult to call customers and tell them what happened.

“I’ve done this for 20 years and that was probably the hardest thing I have ever had to do,” Prentice explained.

“I see dads come in here with their kids and I know the bond they have with their kids when they are outdoors hunting and shooting and that was pretty tough,” he continued.

Darrell Prentice, the store owner, said some of the guns stolen were Christmas presents customers had purchased.
Darrell Prentice, the store owner, said some of the guns stolen were Christmas presents customers had purchased.

Law officers from Columbia, Giles County, Marshall County and the Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms worked on the case and helped with the arrests of Ferguson and Uland.

Officials said the pair, which was booked into the Marshall County Jail, admitted to scoping the store out for the past few months.

The 11 guns stolen from Steve’s Gun Shop and Archery were recovered, along with other weapons in the men’s home.

Officials are working to determine whether the other guns came from.

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