Ryan Mayo, 31, and his girlfriend Denise Gilley, 39, are being held on charges of receiving stolen property after police found various items of military equipment, explosives and illegal firearms at their home on Edgar Road in Glencoe, not far from the Silver Lakes area, Glencoe police Chief Jonathon Horton said.
Horton said police got a tip Thursday that a Kubota L3130 tractor at Mayo's residence might be stolen. When police went to investigate, they found that the tractor's serial number had been filed off, Horton said. Police later traced the tractor back to Anniston, where a tractor theft had been reported earlier this year.
"We noticed there were trailers at the residence with lots of equipment — weedeaters and lawnmowers," Horton said.
A neighbor of the tractor's owner later contacted Glencoe police to ask if they'd found a generator that went missing from his property, Horton said. The Calhoun County resident still had the key to the generator, Horton said, and the key was able to start a generator found at Mayo's residence.
Police arrested Mayo on a stolen property charge and searched the rest of the property, Horton said. They found a stolen utility trailer and 30 firearms, Horton said, including some that are illegal.
"There was an assault rifle with a silencer and a sawed-off shotgun," Horton said.
Police also found blasting caps and military-grade explosives on the property, Horton said, and a large collection of military items, including a piece of night-vision equipment made for mounting on a vehicle.
"He had a variety of stuff, down to bootlaces," Horton said.
Mayo works at Anniston Army Depot, Horton said, and police contacted the Depot officials to check if any of the items were stolen from the Army installation.
Horton said many of the non-lethal items could be traced to the Depot. He said he believed the explosives were from the depot as well.
He said police are still trying to determine whether the guns are also stolen items. The federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms is working on additional charges against Mayo, based on the illegal weapons in the cache, Horton said.
Depot spokeswoman Clester Burdell said Mayo was an employee of General Dynamics Land Systems, a contractor with a facility on the depot property.
Burdell noted that the depot is a closed military facility, and that among other security measures, employees are subject to random car searches.
Police arrested Gilley Friday. Both Gilley and Mayo are each being held on $20,000 bond on charges of receiving stolen property.
Horton said he didn't know what Mayo planned to do with the firearms or any of the other allegedly stolen equipment. He said the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms is working on additional charges against Mayo.
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