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Hallsville man charged with burglary after 66 guns taken from Columbia pawn shop

UPDATE: Columbia police said officers also arrested Alex Mears, 20, of Columbia in connection with the burglary.

The department said the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, Boonville Police Department, Jefferson City Police Department and the Boone County Sheriff’s Department assisted with the investigation.

Court documents show Mears has also been linked to a number of burglaries in Jefferson City.

ORIGINAL: A Hallsville man was arrested and charged on Thursday in connection with a burglary at a Columbia pawn shop in which 66 guns were stolen.

The burglary originally happened at Tiger Pawn on Business Loop on Sept. 16, according to court documents filed Thursday. When police arrived, they found 66 guns were stolen from the business.

On Sept. 18, police found one of the stolen guns during a search in Boonville, court documents said. The man who had the gun told police he got it from a woman. When police found and interviewed the woman, she told police she got the gun from Tyler Hilderman, 26, court documents said.

Police arrested Hilderman on Wednesday, and during an interview, Hilderman admitted to being involved in the burglary and giving one of the guns to the woman, according to court documents.

Court documents showed that 65 of the 66 guns were still missing. Hilderman told police he did not know where those guns were, court documents said.

Hilderman was charged with first-degree burglary and is being held in the Boone County Jail on a $30,000 cash bond.

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