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Stolen Guns Found During Traffic Stop In Oconee County

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Three people were arrested after Oconee County Sheriff's Office deputies found stolen guns during a traffic stop, authorities say. Photo: Matthew James Hardy Three people were arrested after Oconee County Sheriff's Office deputies found stolen guns during a traffic stop, authorities say. Photo: Matthew James Hardy
Three people were arrested after Oconee County Sheriff's Office deputies found stolen guns during a traffic stop, authorities say. Photo: Jerry Lee Eaton Jr. Three people were arrested after Oconee County Sheriff's Office deputies found stolen guns during a traffic stop, authorities say. Photo: Jerry Lee Eaton Jr.
Three people were arrested after Oconee County Sheriff's Office deputies found stolen guns during a traffic stop, authorities say. Photo: Cassidy Yvett Seyda Three people were arrested after Oconee County Sheriff's Office deputies found stolen guns during a traffic stop, authorities say. Photo: Cassidy Yvett Seyda
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Three people were arrested after Oconee County Sheriff's Office deputies found stolen guns during a traffic stop, authorities say.

While on patrol on Interstate 85 early Thursday afternoon, Oconee County Sheriff's Office spokesman Jimmy Watt stated that a deputy spotted a car almost cause a wreck when the driver attempted to merge onto the interstate. The deputy then pulled the car over around the 3 mile marker and approached the car. Watt stated that the deputy informed the driver, 29-year-old Matthew James Hardy, of Anderson, about the stop and noticed a odor that smelled like "burnt marijuana."

During subsequent investigation, the deputy learned that Hardy's drivers license was suspended and asked about the odor. According to Watt, Hardy gave the deputy consent to search the vehicle. During the search, the deputy removed two occupants of the car, Jerry Lee Eaton Jr., of Marietta, and 17-year-old Cassidy Yvett Seyda, of Anderson, from the vehicle.

Watt said that the deputy found a glass pipe under the car's console, two prescription bottles, several cell phones and a camouflage sportsman bag that contained several semi-automatic pistols, ammunition and an empty magazine. The deputy placed Hardy, Eaton and Seyda in custody and ran a search on the guns serial numbers.

During the investigation, the deputy learned that the guns had been reported stolen Wednesday night. When questioned about the weapons, Watt said that Seyda told the deputy that she got the guns from a man at a gas station.

Further investigation into the matter led deputies to discovering that multiple vehicles had been broken into in Jackson County, Georgia, late Wednesday night and Thursday morning and some of the items in the car were among the items stolen. After being placed into custody, Eaton and Seyda told the deputy that Hardy had stole the items and gave them to them.

All three occupants of the car were charged with receiving stolen goods. 

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