A 9-year-old girl found three unloaded rifles in woods near her Concord apartment complex and sold one of them to a man for $20, the (Concord) Independent Tribune reported.
The man who bought the AR-15 rifle was charged with felony possession of a weapon of mass destruction after police went to his parents’ home to retrieve the rifle and also found a Remington Model 870 Express pump gun, according to the newspaper. The Remington’s barrel had been shortened past factory specifications and its wooden stock had been converted to a pistol grip, the Independent Tribune reported.
According to a police report, Paul Edward Dukes Jr., 27, said he found the shotgun in Greensboro several weeks earlier. He is free on $10,000 bail pending a trial in Cabarrus County Criminal District Court, records show.
The girl found the rifles on Dec. 19. Two were AR-15s and the other was an AK-47, according to the Independent Tribune. Dukes approached the girl as she was walking with the three weapons and offered her money for one of them, the newspaper reported.
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The girl took the other two rifles to her mother, who then took them to the office of the apartment complex where they live. The office manager wrapped them in a blanket and called police, the newspaper reported.
Two of the firearms found by the girl were later reported stolen from a Statesville home.