SABULA, Iowa — Federal Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms investigators will take over the case of a Clinton man who was accused of stealing M-1 parade rifles from the American Legion building in Sabula in September.

Jackson County Attorney Sara Davenport said state charges against Bradley Widener, 26, of Clinton will be dismissed and he will be turned over to ATF agents.

Widener was charged with third-degree burglary, possession of stolen property and possession of a controlled substance: methamphetamine.

Widener has been in the Jackson County Detention Center since his arrest in September. Davenport said ATF agents will pick up Widener soon and file charges at the federal level.

Sabula Police Chief Josh Kilberg said he stopped Widener’s vehicle at 9 p.m. Sept. 27 on Driscoll’s Island in Sabula. Eight of the 14 guns that had been stolen earlier in the week from the American Legion were found in his vehicle.

Widener told Kilberg he had sold six of the 14 M-1 Grand rifles to a person in Clinton. The guns were valued at $650 per rifle.

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The chief also found methamphetamine in a syringe in the vehicle.

On Sept. 25, a member of the Sabula American Legion reported the back door to the Legion Hall had been kicked in and 14 M-1 parade rifles were stolen. Sheriff Russ Kettmann said most of the rifles had been disabled and could not fire, but are collector’s items.

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