PEPPERELL, MASS. — A Nashua man and Dracut, Mass., woman were arrested Thursday in connection with a large-scale firearms theft of 16 weapons, including several semi-automatic weapons and more than 1,000 rounds of ammunition, according to Massachusetts State Police officials.
The probe began early Thursday morning with Massachusetts State Troopers assisting in investigating the recent theft of firearms from Nashua, officials said.
Troopers were looking for a Nissan Altima that officials believed was used in the firearms theft and it was located in Dracut.
Wayne Shay, 36, and Sheri Napier, 36, were found sleeping in the Dracut residence where that car was parked.
They were arrested without incident on outstanding New Hampshire warrants.
State police said the pair is being held pending their arraignments in Ayer District Court on fugitive from justice warrants.
Further investigation by Nashua police and Massachusetts State Police led officials to a residence in Pepperell where the 16 weapons were found.
At that 21 Townsend St. address in Pepperell, state police said the gun cache included “16 stolen firearms, 17 high-capacity magazines, a 100-round drum magazine and more than 1,000 rounds of ammunition.”
The arsenal included three AR-15-style rifles, two AK-47-style rifles, four other semi-automatic rifles and multiple pistols, police said in a release.
Massachusetts authorities said they intend to file additional charges.
The investigation was a joint effort between state police, local departments in Nashua and Dracut and the Middlesex County (Mass.) District Attorney’s office.