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Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives

News Release

For Immediate Release

Tuesday, May 9, 2017
Contact: Special Agent Gerod King

Suspects Arrested, Charged for Two Eastern N.C. Guns Shop Burglaries

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) announces two suspects have been arrested and formally charged in federal court in connection with the burglary of Tamz Guns & Ammo in Ahoskie, N.C., and Mackey’s Landing Firearms in Jamesville, N.C. Both are federal firearm licensees (FFL).

Pursuant to criminal investigations, Grant Harrell and Lydell Newsome, both of Ahoskie, N.C., were arrested and formally charged on May 8, 2017. Additional suspects are at large and arrests are anticipated.

On April 15, 2017, at approximately 3:50 a.m., multiple individuals forcibly entered Tamz Guns & Ammo, located at 343 N.C., Highway 42, Ahoskie, N.C. The suspects stole multiple firearms before fleeing the scene.

On April 25, 2017, multiple individuals forcibly entered Mackey’s Landing Firearms located at 30757 U.S. Hwy 64, Jamesville, N.C. The suspects stole multiple firearms before fleeing the scene.

Anyone found in possession of a stolen firearm may face state or federal prosecution, and is punishable by up to 10 years in federal prison.

These crimes are being investigated by ATF, Hertford County Sheriff’s Office, Martin County Sheriff’s Office, Greenville Police Department and the Elizabeth City Police Department.

Anyone with information about these crimes should contact ATF at 1-800-ATF-GUNS (800-283-4867), email, or contact ATF through its website at Tips may also be submitted to ATF through the ReportIt® app, available on both Google Play and the Apple App Store, or by visiting All calls and tips will be kept confidential.

ATF along with our law enforcement partners are committed to ensuring that our communities are safe, and that those who commit violent crimes such as these are held accountable.

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