Jamestown woman arrested for allegedly concealing a stolen firearm

A Jamestown woman was arrested on Monday, March 20, by Bienville Parish Sheriff Office deputies on three arrest warrants charging her with illegal possession of a stolen firearm, accessory after the fact (aggravated burglary) and obstruction of justice.

These charges against Barbara Butler are following an aggravated burglary of a residence that reportedly took place on March 1 in which two firearms were stolen.

“A juvenile had previously been taken into custody who is alleged to be the individual who stole the weapons,” said BPSO Sheriff John Ballance.

Recently one of the stolen weapons was recovered after a third individual admitted to having taken possession of the weapon from Butler who allegedly concealed the firearm in her residence until giving it to her acquaintance.

“All of Ms. Butler’s charges are a result of the theft, possession and concealment of the firearm,” said Ballance.

Butler was booked into the Bienville Parish Jail in lieu of $90,000 bond and was later transferred to the Winn Parish Women’s facility.

Reportedly the search for the second weapon was the basis of a consent to search of a residence on Madden Mill Creek Road on March 15 which led to the arrests of four individuals on drug related charges.

According to Sheriff Ballance, the second weapon was not discovered at that location therefore the investigation continues and additional arrests may follow.

This information has been provided by a law enforcement agency as public information. Persons named as suspects in a criminal investigation, or arrested and charged with a crime, have not been convicted of any criminal offense and are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

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