Authorities arrest Afton man, recover firearms


May 4th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

CRESTON, Iowa (AP) – Authorities say they have arrested an 18-year-old Afton man and recovered dozens of stolen firearms from an abandoned Union County farmhouse.  About 40 guns were recovered.  The Des Moines Register reports that authorities Monday charged Eric K. Downey with second-degree burglary. He remained Tuesday in the Union County Jail.

Authorities say they also are searching for a 17-year-old in connection with six break-ins in Union and Ringgold counties. Union County Sheriff Rick Piel says four burglaries were in Union County. Two were in Ringgold County.

Besides the sheriff’s offices, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation and Afton police worked on the case.