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Folsom police: Citizen’s tip leads to recovery of stolen church property

Folsom police say information provided by a citizen led to the recovery of church audio and visual equipment reported stolen last week, along with other stolen property, guns and drugs.

Detectives searched a home on Wildomar Way in Carmichael on Monday afternoon after receiving information regarding the whereabouts of equipment belonging to Bayside Church, according to a police department news release. Police on Friday had requested information regarding the theft of the church’s equipment between Aug. 31 and Sept. 7 from a storage container on the Folsom Middle School campus. Philadelphia Insurance and InterWest Insurance Services Inc. offered a $10,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible and recovery of the stolen items.

After receiving the tip from the citizen, police obtained a warrant to search the Carmichael home. Inside, they found audio and visual equipment stolen from the church, and detectives reported that most of the equipment that was taken is believed to have been recovered.

Police also found two stolen vehicles, an enclosed trailer and a watercraft, as well as a small quantity of methamphetamine and psilocybin mushrooms. In addition, police said, detectives discovered numerous weapons, including three handguns, two rifles, an assault rifle and more than 3,000 rounds of ammunition.

Police said the resident, 45-year-old Brian Stockton, is a convicted felon and is prohibited from possessing the firearms and ammunition.

Stockton was booked into Sacramento County jail on suspicion of offenses related to possessing the stolen property, drugs, ammunition and firearms.

Police said the investigation is continuing.