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UPDATE: Man arrested after detectives find dozens of guns, counterfeit police badge

Posted: September 18, 2013 12:37 p.m.
Updated: September 18, 2013 2:01 p.m.

This photo shows some of the guns recovered from the Simi Valley home of a man suspected of being behind a theft from a firearms manufacturer in Castaic earlier this month. Officials estimate they recovered anywhere from 40 to 50 guns. Photo courtesy of the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station.

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A reported theft from a firearms manufacturer in Castaic led detectives from the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station to a Simi Valley man, who was arrested after dozens of firearms, grenades, tactical equipment and a counterfeit Los Angeles Police Department badge were allegedly found in his home, an official said Wednesday.

Deputy Josh Dubin said the suspect, 37-year-old Jeffrey Edmonds, was arrested Tuesday morning outside his residence on Royal Avenue in Simi Valley.

Edmonds is believed to be behind the theft of two upper receivers, which are used in the manufacturing of AR-15 rifles, from a manufacturer in Castaic earlier this month.

Detectives from the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station and the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Major Crimes Bureau conducted a search of Edmonds’ home on Tuesday and recovered the alleged stolen property along with a small arsenal of weapons, including handguns, revolvers and rifles.

“Detectives recovered anywhere in the neighborhood of 40 to 50 firearms and are still in the process of identifying the firearms and ascertaining whether or not the firearms were stolen,” Dubin said.

“The investigation continues and it is an active investigation,” he added.

Detectives also found numerous bullet-proof vests, large amounts of ammunition, ballistic helmets, a flash bang grenade, a smoke grenade, a sting ball grenade, a CS gas grenade and other types of tactical equipment.

Detectives also reportedly found a counterfeit LAPD Captain’s badge and identification card.

During the course of the investigation, detectives learned Edmonds had identified himself as a captain in the Los Angeles Police Department, but a check with the LAPD revealed Edmonds' claim to be false, according to Dubin.

Edmonds has been booked at the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station on charges related to grand theft, impersonating a peace officer and weapons violations, Dubin said.

He is being held in lieu of $250,000 bail and is expected to appear in court in San Fernando Thursday.
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