Crime & Courts

Man arrested in Wateree Arms burglary

Joshua Juston Seibles
Joshua Juston Seibles

Richland County authorities arrested and charged a Columbia man in connection with a burglary that occurred Friday at a Garners Ferry gun shop in which more than 30 guns were stolen.

Joshua J. Seibles, 22, of Baywater Drive, Columbia, is charged with burglary and grand larceny of $5,000 or more, sheriff Leon Lott said.

Seibles also faces federal charges of felon in possession of a firearm and breaking into a federal firearms licensee, said Pat Dumais, resident agent in charge with the Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms.

Seibles was on bond for burglary at the time of his arrest. Bond for the current charges was set at $175,000.

Investigators recovered 20 weapons in a storage shed in the back yard of Seibles' residence believed to be stolen from Wateree Arms, Lott said. One of the guns stolen from Wateree Arms was believed to be used in a Sunday shooting of a 26-year-old Lexington woman on Percival Road. That gun was seized from suspect Andre J. Smith, 23, of Eastover.

The remaining weapons stolen Friday have not been recovered.