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Police: Using app to find stolen iPhone leads to man who took 34 guns from Arkansas store

By Brandon Riddle

This article was published June 15, 2017 at 12:39 p.m.

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Chad Sales, 31, of Fayetteville


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Police in Northwest Arkansas say they used a locator app on a stolen iPhone to track down the thief of that item as well as more than 30 guns.

Chad Sales, 31, of Fayetteville is being held on numerous charges, including 53 counts of theft of property involving guns, suppressors and credit cards as well as one count of commercial burglary.

Officers with the Springdale Police Department responded around 7:10 a.m. Tuesday to Arky Armory at 871 E. Robinson Ave. in Springdale, according to a report.

At the business, authorities noticed that a portion of sheet metal was no longer attached to the building. Insulation had also been pulled out.

A vehicle matching one seen in surveillance footage — a silver Jeep Cherokee with chrome rims — was found in the 3100 block of West Woodfield Way with the help of a tracking app on an iPhone that Sales had stolen, police said.

The vehicle, registered to Sales, contained six of the guns as well as one suppressor or gun silencer, an iPhone and an iPad, the report states.

In total, Sales took 34 guns, 17 suppressors, an iPad, an iPhone and two credit cards, police said. All of the items were taken from Arky Armory.

The credit cards were fraudulently used five times, the victim told authorities.

Sales was also charged with possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia after officers found a “loaded methamphetamine needle with other paraphernalia” at the residence he lived at, according to the report.

Records show Sales has a criminal history that includes charges of burglary, aggravated robbery, aggravated assault, theft, possession of drug paraphernalia and terroristic threatening.

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titleist10 says... June 15, 2017 at 1:09 p.m.

Weird looking

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YoungHog says... June 15, 2017 at 1:11 p.m.

not what you expecting though... *snicker

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YoungHog says... June 15, 2017 at 1:12 p.m.

everyone make note of 'METH'

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Kharma says... June 15, 2017 at 2:32 p.m.

Just another stoopid parasitic criminal taking up valuable space and wasting food. We should execute them all, and make this a better world. Then, after all the parasites are dispatched, we could sit around camp fires and sing Kumbaya while drinking chai tea.

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Packman says... June 15, 2017 at 2:36 p.m.

Whoa, wait a minute. Are you telling me this guy didn't abide by gun laws? WFT? Libs tell us if we only had more gun laws bad guys would stop being bad guys. What, is this not true? (disengage sarcasm button now)

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nlrar009 says... June 15, 2017 at 3:23 p.m.

What gun laws were violated Pack?

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snakebite60 says... June 15, 2017 at 3:28 p.m.

picture brings to mind the movie "Deliverance"

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Kharma says... June 15, 2017 at 4:13 p.m.

nlar009 I'll bite - From the meager text of the article it appears that possible weapons related charges include:

Simultaneous possession of drugs and firearms. Felon in possession of firearms. Possession of a suppression device w/o proper federal license. Possession of stolen firearms. Enough?

Kumbaya, my Lord, Kumbaya ...

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hbt3 says... June 15, 2017 at 5:24 p.m.

Nlar009, I'm guessing here, but said individual most likely couldn't/didn't pass the FBI background check required to possess a suppressor, even if it wasn't stolen.

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Balien says... June 15, 2017 at 6:28 p.m.

Pman, you need to work on your sarcasm. It reads more like a rant from a mentally unstable individual. Since this article has nothing to do with gun laws and no one got shot, just chillax and remember: Happiness is a warm gun.

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