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Two men charged with taking 16 guns in Lake Andes

LAKE ANDES -- Two area men were charged in late December with taking 16 guns worth nearly $18,000 from a rural Lake Andes residence. Daniel Cranmer, 23, and Trevor Zephier, 24, both of Lake Andes, were charged with first-degree burglary and grand...

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LAKE ANDES - Two area men were charged in late December with taking 16 guns worth nearly $18,000 from a rural Lake Andes residence.

Daniel Cranmer, 23, and Trevor Zephier, 24, both of Lake Andes, were charged with first-degree burglary and grand theft after taking the guns from a Lake Andes residence, court documents state.

On Dec. 8, officers responded to a report of gunshots fired on tribal land. Officers then pursued a vehicle until it crashed and rolled near the intersection of 293rd Street and 393rd Avenue, court documents state.

Zephier was taken to the tribal jail, Cranmer fled on foot before being captured, and a woman named Celeta Leadingfighter was transported to a hospital. Upon investigating the vehicle, officers allegedly discovered 16 guns, some of which matched descriptions of guns reported stolen in 2010 from a residence about three miles southwest of Lake Andes.

The victim in the 2010 theft was called into the sheriff’s office, where he confirmed the guns belonged to him but said they were stolen within the past week.

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The guns were valued at $17,975. All but one were returned the owner. Cranmer allegedly admitted to taking the guns with Zephier and selling two pistols for meth.

Cranmer and Zephier were charged with first-degree burglary, a Class 2 felony, punishable upon conviction by up to 25 years in prison and a $50,000 fine; and grand theft valued between $5,000 and $100,000, a Class 4 felony, punishable upon conviction by up to 10 years in prison and a $20,000 fine.

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