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Lilburn man indicted by feds on stolen guns, silencer charges

ATLANTA -- A Lilburn man who is familiar to at least two law enforcement agencies in Gwinnett because of several incidents, was indicted by a federal grand jury on Thursday.

Kevin S. Lahey, 26, was indicted on charges of possessing two firearm silencers that were not registered to him, having seven firearms as an unlawful user of controlled substances and for making false statements in connection with the purchase of three firearms.

U.S. Attorney Sally Quillian Yates said a potentially dangerous situation was defused before it could escalate because of local and federal law enforcement agencies.

Lahey was arrested on Feb. 9 by Snellville Police for an alleged shoplifting incident at a Walmart where he attempted to steal two laser sights, a bi-pod stand for a rifle, and a holster, then resisted arrest, Yates said.

Lahey also dropped a loaded handgun during the skirmish. After that incident, Snellville Police identified Lahey to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives as a suspect who stole two silencers from a Lawrenceville firearms dealer on Feb. 6.

Later in February, an ATF task force obtained a warrant for Lahey's arrest and search warrant for his residence, which was executed by the ATF and Gwinnett County Police.

That search yielded one of the stolen silencers attached to a .22 caliber pistol, and the other silencer in a crawlspace below Lahey's parents' house. Neither silencer was registered to Lahey in the National Firearms Registration and Transfer Record as required by federal law, Yates said.

Officers also found more firearms along with marijuana, bongs, drug pipes and other drug paraphernalia, and a body armor fragmentation protective vest.

The charges each carry a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000. Lahey is scheduled to be arraigned on May 30.