20 Guns Recovered; Suspect Arrested in Drive-Thru

A neighbor spotted a stolen car at a drive-through on Thursday and flagged down a nearby Omaha police officer. After the arrest, Douglas County Deputies recovered 20 stolen guns from the suspect.

A display case had been broken into at an Irvington mobile home three weeks ago. Two cars were stolen from out front.

The guns were recovered after investigators got that tip from a neighbor who spotted a stolen car in the Taco Bell drive through at 90th and Fort. The neighbor flagged down a shift commander with the Omaha Police Department who arrested Billy Russell, 22, of Omaha. He's been in and out of trouble with the law for more than a decade.

"Most people don't realize how well the sheriff and police department work together," said Marty Bilek, chief deputy of the Douglas County Sheriff's Department.

The guns and the ammunition were found in the apartment garage of Billy Russell's girlfriend. Investigators say it appears the girlfriend wasn't in on it. Detectives are still looking for a few handguns.

"30 guns were stolen in the beginning," said Bilek, "And we feared those would fall into the wrong hands -- criminals operating on the streets but we feel good getting those off the streets. We need to find a couple more yet."

Billy Russell faces a host of charges from burglary to car theft to a protection order violation.


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