Deputies arrest man accused of stealing more than 60 guns

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Updated: 6/29/2013 12:00 am Published: 6/28/2013 11:58 pm

FOX23's cameras were the only ones rolling when a man accused of stealing 63 guns from a Cherokee County home was arrested.

Mohammad Ziyada faces second degree burglary charges.

Ziyada pleaded guilty to felony conspiracy to sell stolen guns. The state has now charged him.

Ziyada walked out of his home shocked to see our cameras. He whispered to a Cherokee County deputy, "Why are they here?"

Cherokee County deputies say he was one of the masterminds behind stealing the guns from a former Sand Springs police officer. Deputies found 20 guns, including two full automatic rifles, and 4,000 rounds of ammunition.

Last summer, a man who bought a stolen gun called police to tell them Ziyada was one of the men he bought the guns from.

“Safety-wise, we want to get every gun off the street that is going to potentially put us or citizens in harm's way," said U.S. Marshal Tom Wayerski.

U.S. marshals helped in the arrest. They went to another home to arrest another man in the case. They have not been able to find him, but knowing some of the guns were found is reassuring for the owner and former police officer Steve Ecker.

"After a year, my expectation was getting kind of low," said Ecker.

FOX23's Dontaye Carter spoke with him back in February. Ecker says his best security was people not knowing about the weapons.

"My grandson had invited friends to the house," he said. "They became aware of the items."

Fortunately, Ecker, wrote down the gun's serial numbers.

It helped deputies track down some of the guns worth more than $85,000.

"We're out here and we're out to arrest the folks who have warrants and that are committing crimes. We will be out there every day," said Wayerski.

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kindagreywolf - 6/29/2013 2:47 AM
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What was the deputy doing with all the weaponry?
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