The police department also learned, one of the business owners, Charles Camp, was a convicted felon.
That is when the department began working with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Fire Arms for consideration of charges.
In July of 2012, APD investigated a residential burglary in south Abilene where Christopher Thompson and Mark Session stole rings, a Rolex watch and four guns, then sold these items to Abilene Gold Exchange.
One of those guns was used by 17-year-old, Keegan Clark, who shot a 12-year old boy in the head critically injuring him. That child was one of two kids who were innocent bystanders during a botched drug deal.
The police department was unable to recover any of the stolen property and the business did not to produce a transaction receipt for the purchase of that property.
In November, Abilene detectives began investigating another residential burglary where $125,000 in property was stolen.
Meanwhile, police contacted Abilene Gold Exchange and learned the business was not reporting transactions pursuant to state law. Which is why they applied for and served a search warrant to the business on December 13th.
"Four officers entered the business while other officers secured the perimeter. The officers identified themselves and announced their purpose," Chief Standridge explains.
According to police, Marcus Cass was shot and killed by one of the officers after drawing his gun and threatening one of the officers.
While police were in Abilene Gold Exchange serving the first warrant, they noticed several fire arms in plain sight, which prompted them to apply for a second warrant. During the application, police learned co-owners of the business also leased an adjacent office building on South Danville, so a third warrant was requested.
"Results of those searches have revealed approximately $60,000 in currency, 131 fire arms, 63,000 rounds of ammunition," Chief Standridge adds.
Shortly after midnight on December 14th, business owner, Charles Camp was arrested.
His attorney, Randy Williams, describes the investigation, as far as it concerns his client, as a bit spooky.
"The fact that they served misdemeanor search warrants and in that misdemeanor search warrant there was nothing about any guns or firearms. It was all about recovering documents," says Williams.