A 25-year-old Pierce County man is accused of stealing guns from his grandfather and pawning them.
Stephan Kontorowicz pleaded not guilty to theft of a firearm and first-degree trafficking in stolen property during his arraignment Wednesday.
The thefts occurred over a four-day span in June 2010. Kontorowicz’s grandfather, who collected guns, reported that someone had pried open his front door and taken six handguns, three rifles and more than 400 DVDs.
There was a delay in the guns being entered in the Pierce County Sheriff Department’s database of stolen weapons because it took the victim some time to track down the serial numbers.
One of the stolen rifles was recovered in July at a pawn shop. Deputies questioned the current owner and the clerk where it had been pawned and discovered that Kontorowicz had allegedly sold it for $100 shortly after the theft.
Kontorowicz’s mother told deputies her son was using heroin and she suspected all along that he had taken the guns. He turned himself in Aug. 15, and told deputies he planned to check himself into rehab.