AG issues reminder about Selma gun mill case

Published: Aug. 7, 2017 at 5:01 PM CDT|Updated: Aug. 7, 2017 at 6:11 PM CDT
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MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - Alabama's attorney general is asking the public to look out for stolen guns tied to a joint federal-state investigation into the Selma Police Department.

The investigation of former and current SPD employees has resulted in charges against three people.

"The public is asked to continue to watch for missing guns that may be related to this matter," Attorney General Steve Marshall said in a press release Monday.

Adrianne Michelle Canterbury, a former Selma police evidence technician, was charged with first-degree theft of property and an ethics law violation, Candice Byrum was charged with second-degree receiving stolen property, and Richard Alan Canterbury was charged with first-degree receiving stolen property.

The cases were bound over to a grand jury after the Dallas County District Court found probable cause to support the charges, which were previously brought by warrant, Marshall said.

Adrianne Canterbury was fired, then arrested in early May for her alleged role. Richard Canterbury is her husband and Candice Byrum is described by officials as "an acquaintance" of his.

The investigation started in April after Selma Police Chief Spencer Collier said he was notified by the Dallas County School System that Canterbury's son had a large amount of jewelry, which turned out to be 37 fake gold necklaces, that should have been secure in the department's vault.

A check of the vault's inventory found multiple items, including at least three guns - a GLOCK, Taurus 9mm, and Ruger .22 - were also missing. Collier confirmed a search of Canterbury's home netted the recovery of two weapons. The 9mm, however, was later used in a deadly Dallas County shooting.

Hundreds of weapons are estimated to have been stolen from the vault in an illegal gun-selling operation with Mrs. Canterbury allegedly taking the weapons to her husband who would repair them and sell them online. The evidence locker of weapons takes up about half the third floor of the police department.

While some weapons have been recovered, Attorney General Steve Marshall cautioned anyone purchasing a gun online that they may be buying a stolen firearm. Only the ATF can determine if a gun came from the Selma Police Department, Marshall said.

Authorities caution that if a consumer is considering a gun purchase, or has purchased a gun and is concerned that it may be related to this matter, they should contact the ATF Hotline at 1-800-283-4867. Also, people may provide information to the ATF phone app, Reportit.

Marshall said the investigation by his office, the ATF, and FBI, is ongoing.

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