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Three in custody, a dozen guns at large



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WEBER COUNTY -- Three people are under arrest in connection with several heists in northern Utah, but police remain concerned about what is still out on the streets.

Investigators say Jason Wayne Champagne, Kelcey Maree Wilson and John Fowers came across 13 guns in two burglaries. Twelve guns were taken from the same hunting ranch in Box Elder County.

"Just like in any other victim case, that's the property he [the ranch owner] possessed, and that's the property they took," Weber County Sheriff's Sgt. Wayne Smith said.

Smith says the guns haven't turned up at any local pawn shops, and deputies believe one of the guns was stolen in order to exchange for drugs.

Fowers was already behind bars when police determined his alleged involvement in the crimes.

Champagne was let go in Roy, even after an officer there confiscated a gun during a traffic stop. Police say the gun did not show up on a stolen firearms database.

Sheriff's deputies later tracked Champagne down, questioned and arrested him. They now believe he's tied to several other home and car burglaries in Weber and Box Elder counties.

E-mail: aadams@ksl.com

Andrew Adams

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