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Father and son arrested in Ojai weapons heist

April 23, 2011 | 11:12 am

Ventura County authorities have arrested a father and son and a third man who allegedly stole two assault rifles, a dozen other firearms and more than 3,000 rounds of ammunition during a burglary of an Ojai home earlier this month.

The cache of weapons, which included an AR-10 and a SKS assault rifle with a high-capacity magazine, had been legally purchased and stored in a gun safe, which sheriff’s officials believe the suspects took to a Ventura welding fabrication shop to be cut open.

Brian Teasdale, 41, and his 18-year-old son, Nikolas, were arrested Wednesday, according to a news release by the Ventura County Sheriff’s Department. Anthony Lindsey, 39, a felon previously convicted on narcotics and weapons charges, was taken into custody during a search of his home on Friday.

Authorities have recovered all but one rifle, according to the release.

Both Teasdales have been charged with first-degree residential burglary, and Brian Teasdale also was charged with two counts of unlawful transfers of firearms. Lindsey remains in custody and faces additional charges involving a felon possessing a firearm, and possessing a firearm while in possession of methamphetamine.

Teasdale is an alleged associate of the Hells Angels, Sgt. Bill Schierman said.

-- Victoria Kim

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