Copperas Cove: Man accused of stealing 118 firearms from local business

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COPPERAS COVE, Texas (KWTX) A police investigation leads Copperas Cove officers to arrest a man accused of stealing $50,000 dollars worth of firearms from a local business.

Tyrell Reshard Washington was named in a complaint Jan.19 that charges him with theft.

In 2017, Copperas Cove police were called out to a business on the 2900 block of Deer Flat Drive after the owner reported several firearms missing from stock, the police complaint says.

The owner for EJI Firearms told police that during an audit he discovered that a former employee had transferred "a large number of firearms to himself without authorization".

Documents provided by investigators show 92 handguns were transferred to Washington from June 2016 to June 2017.

When interviewed by police, Washington confessed to taking 84 firearms while working at the shop.

A search conducted after Washington consented to ended with recovery of several of the missing weapons.

During the course of the investigation, police interviewed at least 30 people associated with Washington.

Police discovered Washington had “gifted, sold, or traded the vast majority of the firearms he obtained unlawfully."

The business owner said some 118 firearms belonging to the business were taken, with an estimated value of more than $50,000.