PAGELAND — The wife of a Chesterfield County man accused of hoarding up to 10,000 guns was arrested last week on stolen property charges.
Sharon Nicholson of 932 E. McGregor St. was charged Nov. 5 with five counts of receiving stolen goods valued at $2,000 but less than $10,000 and four counts of receiving stolen goods valued at $2,000 or less.
A magistrate ordered Nicholson’s release on a $33,000 personal recognizance bond. All defendants facing criminal charges are presumed innocent until and unless found guilty in court.
On Oct. 23, Chesterfield County sheriff’s deputies executed a search warrant at Brent and Sharon Nicholson’s home and say they found thousands of guns, a tractor-trailer filled with ammunition, taxidermy items, generators and other equipment.
Deputies, state agents and authorities from surrounding counties are still processing the weapons and other goods. Sheriff Jay Brooks said it may be months before they are able to document and process everything seized so that stolen property can be identified and returned to its owners.
Brooks is asking theft victims to be patient as deputies work to catalog the cache of firearms.
In the meantime, property owners should prepare any documentation that will show they are the rightful owners of any of the missing property. Those items can include police reports, bills of sale, registrations, photos or anything else that can prove ownership.
Known owners will be contacted when they are identified. Deputies will later determine how to dispose of unclaimed items.
Brent Nicholson was arrested Oct. 22 in Union County, North Carolina, where authorities say they found drugs and more than 50 guns.
The massive haul of firearms at the Pageland home made nationwide news, with stories appearing on CNN, Fox News and CBS and in The Washington Post, New York Daily News and Christian Science Monitor. A Google News search showed more than 300 news outlets had published details of the arrest within the first week.
Reach Maria D. Grandy at 843-537-5261.