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‘Is that your machine gun?’ Search warrant surprise: Back to the slammer

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An example of a submachine gun, the Sten Mk II. By Nemo5576 (Own work) [GFDL ( or CC BY-SA 3.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons
A 25-year old man who was out on bail was behind bars again Friday accused of being in possession of a submachine gun.

Riverside County sheriff’s deputies executed a search warrant at a Beaumont residence on Wednesday that stemmed from an investigation into a theft that occurred in October, Sgt. Rudy Cortez said.

While carrying out the search warrant in the 400 block of Olive Avenue, deputies allegedly found a 9 mm Sten submachine gun and various types of ammunition.

Thomas Chapparosa of Beaumont was arrested at the residence on suspicion of possessing an unlawful weapon and committing a crime while out on bail, Cortez said.

Chapparosa remained behind bars in lieu of $45,000 bail.

–City News Service

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