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Mon., Jan. 25, 2010, 7:05 p.m.

Raid had ‘toothless’ connection

A sheriff's raid last week that sought guns stolen from a firearms collector has a connection to the suspected toothless burglar.

Kevin McMaster reportedly told sheriff's detectives that he'd stolen guns, tools, coin sets and stamps from Kerry Miller's Newport Highway home with Victor Hackett.

Hackett is the same man thought to have helped suspected toothless burglar Shawn Michael Westlie rob two Quizno's stores in October.

According to a search warrant, McMaster told detectives that he and Hackett stole the items from Miller, then McMaster sold a gun and stable saw to William H. "Farmer Bill" Gearhart, 47.

Gearhart, who has felony convictions that prevent him from possessing firearms, lives at 4905 E. Deer Park-Milan Road.

Detectives raided that home Jan. 21, along with a home 1311 W. Dalton. Other items from Miller's home were found at 1621 E. Dalke on Jan. 7, according to a search warrant.

A $1,000 tattoo machine was recovered on Jan. 15, according to the warrant.

No arrests have been made in connection that the raids; investigators said they're waiting for the prosecutor's office to file charges.

Past coverage: Sheriff's raids target stolen guns

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