Whitewater Police recover 4 stolen guns, large amount of ammunition in arrests

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Two Elkhorn residents are in custody after a September incident in which they allegedly brandished a firearm toward a group of teens, which led to the discovery of multiple stolen guns in their homes, Whitewater Police said.

Surveillance cameras in the Whitewater McDonalds captured Kya Hines, 19 yelling at the teens, brandishing a concealed gun before laying it on a table with the barrel pointed at the group, according to a release from Chief Dan Meyer. Hines was accompanied by Trevor Barnes, 21, who police say had a prior felony conviction and couldn’t legally own a gun. 

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After police identified the two suspects, the Whitewater Search Warrant Response Team took them into custody while executing search warrants on Hines’ residence on Sept. 21 with help from Whitewater EMS and the Walworth County Sheriff’s Office. Barnes’ residence was searched in a separate warrant. Police recovered five guns, four of which they say were stolen, and “a large amount” of ammunition in the arrests.

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Amid the investigation, police say they were able to link the suspects to crimes in other areas, including a Walworth County burglary and vandalism to, and theft from, multiple Department of Natural Resources cash deposit boxes.

The Walworth County District Attorney’s Office has charged Hines with disorderly conduct – use of a dangerous weapon, intentionally pointing a firearm at a person, straw purchasing of a firearm and carrying a concealed weapon. The District Attorney’s Office also has charged Barnes with six counts of possession of a firearm by a felon.

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