Sheriff Danny Hickman reports that on 10/15/2010 the Boone County Sheriffs Department Detective Division in cooperation with Taney County, Missouri, Detective Roger Ellis executed a search warrant at the Billy Mansfield apartment in Omaha, Arkansas.
During that search officers found five guns that were reported stolen to the Taney County Sheriffs Department. The case alleges that Mansfield went to a storage unit in the Taney County area and took weapons belonging to a victim that resides in Boone County. Mansfield, who was taken into custody, is being charged with 6 counts of burglary and theft for the act. The thefts were undetected by the owner. Upon investigation it was found that Mansfield had returned to the storage unit on repeat trips taking weapons and property on each time over an extended period of time.
Investigators have recovered a number of guns that were traded by Mansfield to citizens in the area, noting that a significant number of guns are
still missing. Investigators are asking the public if they have had contact with Mansfield and possibly obtained a gun from him in a trade or purchase to contact either the Boone County Sheriffs Department or the Taney County Sheriffs Department to have that gun checked to see if it's stolen.
Boone County Sheriffs Department (Investigation Division) - 870-741-8404
Taney County Sheriffs Department (Investigation Division) - 417-546-7250 or 417-546-7276