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Weapons cache uncovered in Sunridge home

Staff reports

Parole and probation officers discovered a huge cache of weapons and explosives in a Douglas County home Dec. 1.

Gregory John Whitten, 47, of 987 Hillside Drive in the Sunridge development, was arrested and charged with probation violations.

His probation officer, Renee Tierney, said a probation department hearing will be held and then he probably will be transferred back to Minnesota, where he was convicted of a gross misdemeanor charge of driving under the influence of alcohol in February. He moved to Douglas County in April.

Tierney said the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms is considering filing federal charges because two of the guns found, MAC 10 machine guns, are illegal. Tierney said it is also illegal for him to possess the explosives.

Thirteen live grenade fuses, improvised grenades, riot tear gas, Glock .45 revolvers, shotguns, rifles and many other weapons were found throughout the house and garage, Tierney said.

Whitten refused to speak to officers after his arrest.

Tierney said the officers decided to search his house after they found his name in hunting license applications.

“Our division got together with (state Division of Wildlife) and we were running people’s licenses because probationers are not supposed to have any weapons. So we know if they have a license, then they are undoubtedly hunting and have weapons,” Tierney said. “I was very surprised. He had not been a problem at all.”

ATF and the Tahoe-Douglas Bomb Squad also helped probation officers seize the weapons.

“This seizure is an excellent example of pro-active supervision and investigative follow-up,” said Parole and Probation Acting Chief Warren Lutzow. “All the officers involved in the arrest are to be commended for getting these weapons and explosives off the street.”