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Stolen Firearm Located

Posted 1/11/2013 11:19 AM by MDGREGORY

On January 10, 2013, at 11:00 p.m., Spokane Valley Sheriff's Deputies stopped a vehicle near Fancher and Sharp for multiple traffic infractions. When deputies contacted the driver, identified as 40-year-old Eric Geissler, they observed Geissler was very nervous and shaking. When asked why he was so nervous, Geissler told deputies he was a convicted felon and police made him nervous.

After a driver's check, deputies learned Geissler's driving status was suspended. Deputies also asked Geissler if he had any weapons inside his vehicle since he was a convicted felon and prohibited from possessing firearms. After a slight hesitation, Geissler told deputies he was holding on to a rifle for a friend and that it was in the trunk of his vehicle. Geissler gave deputies permission to search the vehicle and a Browning .308 caliber rifle was located in the trunk. A check through dispatch showed the rifle was stolen during a residential burglary on January 7th of this year. Deputies also located methamphetamine in the center console or the vehicle.

When questioned about the rifle, the only information Geissler would provide was that he was holding the rifle for "a friend" and nothing else. Deputies contacted the owner of the firearm who said she had no idea who Geissler was and that there were three firearms stolen from her residence.

• Geissler was booked into the Spokane County Jail for the charges of Possession of a Controlled Substance (methamphetamine), Possession of a Stolen Firearm, Unlawful Possession of a Firearm and Driving While License Suspended Third Degree.