Former Franklin Co. deputy charged in stolen gun crimes

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Richard Shearin

A former Franklin County Sheriff's Office deputy was arrested after law enforcement agents raided his business Tuesday following a three-month undercover investigation.

Richard Bryan Shearin of Louisburg is in custody for allegedly selling and receiving stolen firearms and property at his business, K&R Enterprises Gun and Pawn Shop, at 348 South Bickett Blvd. in Louisburg. Authorities also allege Shearin knowingly sold firearms to felons.

Agents with the Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives and law enforcement officers from the Franklin County Sheriff's Office and Louisburg Police Department executed the search warrant.

The US Attorney's Office will seek federal indictments against Shearin for various federal offenses. The Sheriff's Office has charged Shearin with two counts of felony possession of stolen property and one count of felony possession of a stolen firearm.

The case remains under investigation and additional charges are expected.

Shearin served as a deputy at the Franklin County Sheriff's Office from Oct. 1, 2005, to Jan. 22, 2008.

He is being held at the Franklin County Detention Center under a $20,000 secured bond.

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