Clipped From The Daily Reporter
Deputies arrest 2 in $5000 gun theft Tuscarawas County sheriff deputies are holding two men in connection with a March 16 burglary at the Dale Porcher residence on RD 2, Newcomerstown, in which thieves stole 35 guns valued at approximately $5000. Hiawatha King, 35, of RD 2, New Philadelphia, is charged with concealing stolen property, driving while intoxicated and driving without an operator's license. Bernard Eggelston, 47, of Columbus is held for concealing stolen property and parole violation. Both were jailed Saturday morning. DEPUTIES SPOTTED King and Eggelston in Port Washington Saturday about 2:45 a.m. following an earlier tip from Porcher that the pair had attempted to sell three guns to a man whom Porcher did not identify. Officers said they stopped the 2 men on 1-77 after their car was observed weaving on Rt. 36 and the interstate. After obtaining a search warrant, deputies found several of the stolen weapons in the trunk of King's auto. Deputies said King claimed the auto belonged to his wife and he did not know how the guns got there. ' Deputies said because King led them to believe the other weapons were in a home on RD 2, they obtained another search warrant. However, nothing was found there. Deputies said they later learned King had vacated that house. THEY SAID THE pair was separated and Eggleston directed them to a Crooked Run area house where he and King had been living. A third search warrant was obtained and the missing guns were found hidden under mattresses in second-floor bedrooms. Ammunition was hidden behind a television, they said. The burglary was discovered by Ella Froelich, a neighbor, who had gone to • the Porcher residence to feed stock, deputies said. Deputies said intruders broke out a door glads and then reached inside to unlock the door. They surmise the thieves drove their vehicle into a garage, closed its door, then used the garage's rear door as a path to and from the residence, remaining hidden from view. Deputies learned from Newcomerstown police that King and Eggelston were seen there shortly after 3 a.m. the morning of the burglary and that they turned from County Rd. 21 onto Salem Township RD. 18 on which the Porcher home is located.