SABULA, Iowa — Sabula Police Chief Josh Kilburg has recovered eight of the parade rifles stolen this week from the Sabula American Legion.

Kilburg arrested Bradley Widener, 26, of Clinton in connection with the theft. Widener admitted taking the rifles and told the chief, he already sold six of the rifles in the Clinton area, Kilburg said.

The chief said he received a tip about the theft of the rifles, and he stopped Widener’s vehicle at 11 p.m. Thursday on Driscoll’s Island near Sabula. He found eight of the parade guns in the vehicle. He valued them at $650 apiece or a value of $5,200 for the guns in the vehicle.

On Tuesday, a member of the Sabula American Legion reported the back door 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 they are collector’s items.

Also found in the car were syringes with methamphetamine and hydrocodone.

Widener is in Jackson County Detention Center facing charges of third-degree burglary, exercise control over stolen property, possession of a controlled substance, driving while license suspended and possession of drug paraphernalia.


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