In May, the Longview Police Department (LPD) began investigating a breaking and entering and larceny that had occurred within the city limits of Longview. LPD investigators quickly identified the persons responsible for the crime and learned that some of the property had been sold to an individual in Burke County.Through a collaborative investigation, Burke County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO) detectives were able to obtain information that the stolen property along with multiple firearms had been sold or traded to 52-year old Jeffrey Todd Parker. Parker stored the stolen property at his residence in Connelly Springs, and at his business, Parker’s Custom Furniture/Unique Design, located at 701 US Hwy 70, Hildebran. Parker is a convicted felon and can’t purchase, own, or possess firearms. On June 1, 2022, search warrants were executed at Parker’s residence and business simultaneously. Subsequent to a search of the properties, investigators located and seized a total of 53 firearms.
Parker was arrested and transported to the Burke County Magistrate’s Office where he was charged with felony possession of a Stolen Firearm and felony possession of a firearm by convicted felon. He received a secured bond of $25,000.00 and was scheduled for a first appearance in Burke County District Court on June 2, 2022.
Parker’s criminal history in the State of NC records show previous criminal convictions of: (F) Possession with the Intent to Manufacture, Sell, and Deliver Marijuana on June 29, 1995, and received a sentence of 2 years Supervised Probation. (F) Possession of a Firearm by Convicted Felon on March 16, 2016 and received a sentence of 2 years Supervised Probation. Parker also has multiple previous convictions for various misdemeanor crimes and driving offenses including DWI, DWLR, Resisting a Public Officer, Intoxicated and Disruptive, Reckless Driving, and Injury to Personal Property.
This investigation is ongoing and further charges are expected in the case.
Burke County Sheriff’s Office
Longview Police Department
Catawba County Sheriff’s Office
Hickory Police Department
NC State Bureau of Investigation
NC Probation and Parole
Photos: Burke County Sheriff’s Office