Photos released of 50 antique rifles recovered in Marietta

Posted by CALEB HUTTON on February 28, 2014 

BELLINGHAM — No one has claimed about 50 vintage rifles recovered last week from a home in the Marietta area.

So the Whatcom County Sheriff's Office released photos of the guns Friday, Feb. 28, hoping to jog someone's memory.

From the story earlier this week.

Deputies found the guns - most manufactured from the late 1800s through the World War II era - when they responded to a domestic violence report Wednesday night, Feb. 19, in the 1100 block of Old Marine Drive.

A woman and her boyfriend got into an argument around 9:30 p.m., after she came home late. The boyfriend put a shotgun on the bed beside some shotgun shells and implied if she did that again, he'd shoot her, said Whatcom County Undersheriff Jeff Parks.

Deputies arrested the boyfriend: Steven Glen Binschus, 50, of the Marietta area.

Afterward authorities came across a large jobsite box, often used for storing tools, full of rifles made in France, Germany, Italy, Austria, Egypt and the United States, according to the sheriff's office. All of the guns are now being held by the sheriff's office for safe-keeping, because investigators have a strong hunch they're stolen.

"It became pretty obvious," Parks said. He declined to elaborate.

But none of the guns had been reported missing to local law enforcement.

Since that story ran on Tuesday, the sheriff's office hasn't learned of any strong leads, Parks said.

If you recognize the rifles, call 360-676-6650, regarding case 14A03306. For anonymous tips, call 360-715-7459 or toll free at 1-866-456-2157.

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