Simi Valley man arrested with cache of weapons and tactical gear in Santa Clarita

by Jesse Merrick, Staff Writer 0

Tuesday morning, Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Deputies arrested  Simi Valley resident Jeffery Edmonds in connection with a theft at a local firearms manufacturer in Castaic that occurred two weeks ago.  The owner of the firearms manufacturer informed the deputies that two upper receivers commonly used to build AR-15 rifles were stolen from the business.

Detectives assigned to the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station took over the investigation, identifying the 37 year-old  as the person responsible for the theft.  They also discovered he used a badge and identification card, identifying himself as a member of the Los Angeles Police Department.  After contacting the LAPD, detectives learned the badge and identification card were counterfeit and Edmonds was not a sworn police officer.

On Tuesday, detectives served a search warrant in Simi Valley at the residence of Mr. Edmonds.

During the search, detectives recovered the stolen upper receivers along with a large cache of weapons, ammunition and tactical equipment including: ballistic helmets, gas masks and bullet proof vests.  Rifles, handguns and illegal assault rifles were among the weapons found at the suspect’s residence.

Edmonds was booked at the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station and faces charges related to grand theft, impersonating a peace officer and multiple weapons violations.  He is currently being held at the Inmate Reception Center and his bail is set at $250,000.  Jeffery Edmonds was expected to appear at the North Valley Superior Court in San Fernando  on Thursday.

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