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Portage man’s gun permit was fake

Updated: March 3, 2013 6:14AM



A Portage man’s attempt to get a job as an armed security guard has landed him in jail after the company he applied at discovered the gun permit he gave them was a fake.

William Weigand now faces charges of possessing a gun as a felon, according to a probable cause affidavit, and ATF agents also say they found in his possession what appears to be pornographic images of girls younger than 16.

Allied Barton Security Services first notified the Indiana State Police in October that it discovered the gun license that one of its employees, Weigand, had submitted for the armed security position was a fake. It was actually registered to a different person and expired in January 2012.

State police discovered that Weigand, who was convicted on a felony burglary charge in 1989 in Illinois, had tried three times in the past six months to get a gun licenses at different police stations using different addresses.

When ATF agents searched Weigand’s vehicle in Griffith, they discovered three guns and 370 rounds of ammunition, along with more fake gun permits. The affidavit says they also discovered the pornographic images on a computer hard drive also found in the vehicle.

Weigand, who was arrested Friday, is being held without bond pending a detention and probable cause hearing set for Tuesday.



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