ELKTON, Md. (WUSA9) – Maryland State Police arrested two people and recovered more than 50 guns from a home last week as part of an investigation in Cecil County. Police say they are investigating to determine if the guns were part of an illegal fencing operation that supplied money for drugs in exchange for the stolen property.
Sixty-three-year-old Stephen Molitor of Elkton, Md. is charged with illegal transfer of a regulated firearm, illegal possession of a regulated firearm while prohibited, theft over $1,000, possession with intent to distribute a controlled dangerous substance, two counts of drug possession, and possession of drug paraphernalia, according to police. Molitor later posted bail that was set at $50,000.
Twenty-four-year-old Alyssa Schneider of Elkton, Md. was also charged with theft between $1,000 and $10,000. She was released on personal recognizance, say police.
Police tell us the investigation began on March 27, when a man reported that three firearms were stolen from a gun locker in his home on Kirk Road in Elkton.
Members of the State Police Criminal Enforcement Division investigated and found that the man's daughter, Alyssa Schneider, had obtained the keys to his gun locker and had taken the firearms. Then, the guns were sold to Molitor for $500. The money was used to buy heroin, according to police.
State police obtained a search warrant for Molitor's home. They served the warrant on March 28th and troopers found a total of 53 firearms, including 39 long guns and 14 regulated handguns and rifles, say police. The three firearms reported stolen were among those firearms, say police.
Troopers also discovered more than 450 oxycodone pills that appeared packaged for "street level sales," according to state police.
Molitor was apparently involved in 'loaning' individuals cash for items they would bring to him, according to investigators. He charged interest on the loan and, if the loan was not repaid, he would keep the items, say police. Molitor is not a licensed firearms dealer, nor is he licensed to operate a pawn shop, according to police.
Investigators continue to try to determine if any of the other weapons were stolen, say police.