Two arrested in theft of guns from Edgewater car



EDGEWATER, Fla. - Two men have been arrested following an investigation into stolen firearms, Edgewater police said Friday.

Police said Matthew Pogg, 18, and Nicholas Harris, 17, both of Edgewater, were arrested in connection to five guns that were stolen from a car on Sabal Palm Drive in Edgewater Wednesday.

According to police, the guns were stolen during the burglary of the car and one of the guns was fired several times.

A woman who lives several blocks away was standing at her bathroom sink when one of the bullets narrowly missed her and hit her shower, police said.

"I heard bam bam bam, bam and then a loud explosion," the woman told Channel 9 following the incident.

Police said the woman, who did not want to be identified, was happy to hear they had made arrests in the case.

Police said they recovered four of the four of the five weapons taken in the burglary. They said they have determined that the guns changed hands at least three times over a two-day period.

The recovered firearms include an AK-47, 9 mm rifle, 9 mm Mac 10 and 9 mm Mac 11, police said. They are still trying to find a .45-caliber handgun taken in the car burglary.

"We assembled a team of 16 dedicated Edgewater police officers and we hit the streets.  The big break came when Sgt. Webb and one of his detectives located a witness," said Edgewater Police Chief Dave Arcieri.

Each man is charged with armed burglary of a conveyance, burglary of a conveyance and five counts of grand theft of a firearm, police said.

Pogg will also be charged with on the additional charges of shooting into an occupied dwelling, dealing in stolen property, improper exhibition of a firearm, and open carry of a firearm, according to police.

Channel 9 was in court Friday as Pogg, with tears in his eyes, went before a judge.

Arcieri said Harris' father, and the mother of Harris' girlfriend helped move the weapons. 

"I'm baffled by it. I just can't believe the irresponsibility these people showed."

Police said they expect more arrests to be made in the case.

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