Suspect Behind Bars In Gun Shop Break-In

A 23-year-old Clayton man is behind bars charged with last month’s break-in at Trigger Happy Guns in Downtown Clayton.

Cedrick Jermaine Williams, of Randolph Drive in Clayton, is being held on a $365,200 secured bond and faces felony breaking and entering, felony larceny and various other charges.

Thanks to video surveillance from the gun shop and numerous tips and leads from the public, Clayton Police, working with the Bureau of Alcohol Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives (ATF), were able to identify Cedrick Jermaine Williams as the suspect responsible for the theft of five AR-15 rifles from the shop.

The break-in happened at the shop at 227 E. Main Street around 4:30am on November 23rd, after someone busted the exterior glass of the downtown shop and then broke into the interior room where the guns had been stored. Two of the five guns were manufactured by Palmetto State, two by Anderson and one by Rock River Arms.

Williams was arrested after Raleigh Police made a traffic stop in the 100 block of Star Street after spotting a car with a headlight out.  Williams, the driver, jumped out and ran, but officers were able to arrest him a short distance away. Officers found a .25 caliber pistol in his jacket pocket. Officials said the vehicle had been stolen, had fake tags and Williams was driving without a license.

The firearms stolen from Trigger Happy have not yet been recovered, but the investigation is continuing. If you know anything about the specific weapons stolen, please call Clayton CrimeStoppers at 919-359-TIPZ (8479) or to call 1-800-ATF-GUNS (1-800-283-4867), the firearms hotline of the ATF.