nvdaily.com link to home page

Traffic | Weather | Mobile Edition
Archives | Subscribe

Local News arrow Crime & Public Safety arrow Front Royal

| 2

Large stockpile of arms seized

David A. Boles Courtesy photo

Police: Road rage incident leads to warrant; area man held without bond

By Joe Beck

Law enforcement officers called in the Army and arrested a Front Royal man on Thanksgiving after finding 30 guns and an estimated 25,000 to 30,000 rounds of ammunition stockpiled on his property.

"There were weapons stored everywhere," Detective Sgt. Jason Ryman of the Front Royal Police Department said Monday in describing what authorities found while executing a search warrant at the home of David Anthony Boles, 47, of 271 Wooded Lane.

Boles is being held without bond in the Warren County Adult Detention Center on three charges - a convicted felon in possession of ammunition or a weapon; failure to stop after an accident and possession of marijuana.

Front Royal police and the Warren County Sheriff's Office said Monday more charges are pending, and their investigation is continuing.

Ryman said there is no sign so far that Boles was plotting any crimes as he acquired the the guns and ammunition. Instead, Boles appeared to be what Ryman described as "an avid collector."

Nevertheless, a Front Royal police officer and Warren County deputy who executed a search warrant at Boles's home on Thursday were sufficiently concerned with what they saw to call in a bomb technician with the Virginia State Police and later an explosive ordinance disposal unit from the Army's Fort Belvoir.

Authorities found what they first suspected to be live military grade explosives at the home, Ryman said. A later investigation by the Army concluded that the devices were harmless mortar casings and mortar tips of the type sometimes found at gun shows, Ryman said.

Ryman said local, state or federal investigators were at Boles's house from about noon on Thanksgiving until 11 p.m. Friday trying to sort through the firearms and ammunition.

He said the list of guns seized during the search included handguns, revolvers, semi-automatic firearms and assault-type weapons.

"There were ammunition and firearms in almost every room of the house and the outbuilding," Ryman said.

Authorities say they also seized more than 100 marijuana plants in various growth stages.

Authorities say Boles's arrest was triggered by a hit and run road rage incident in the area of Randolph Avenue and Happy Creek Road on Nov. 21. Ryman said Boles and the driver of the other vehicle pulled off to the side of the road, where words were exchanged and Boles tried to hit a male passenger who was standing outside the other vehicle. Instead, Ryman said, Boles missed the passenger and hit the other driver's vehicle.

Ryman said Front Royal officers Aaron Mariano and Kevin Orndorff later pulled Boles over and noticed some ammunition magazines in the vehicle that required further investigation. Meanwhile, Boles was released on secured bond, according to authorities.

Authorities obtained the search warrant after discovering that Boles had previously been convicted on federal weapons charges in the late 1990s and served several years in prison, Ryman said. He said Boles was arrested a second time at his home on Thursday and has been in custody ever since.

Anyone with additional information on the case is asked to call Ryman at 636-2208 or Lt. Gordon Foster of the sheriff's office at 635-7100.

Contact staff writer Joe Beck at 540-465-5137 ext. 142, or jbeck@nvdaily.com


Comments that are posted represent the opinion of the commenter and not the Northern Virginia Daily/nvdaily.com.

Look Who 'Likes' nvdaily!

Daily readers: Click the "LIKE" button above to get Daily news and breaking news alerts on your Facebook page.

Activity & Recommendations

Local News Sections

Agency on Aging Agriculture Apple Blossom Festival Aviation Basye Berryville Boyce Breaking News Briefs Business Charities Civil War Clarke County Colleges Corrections Courthouse Notes: Permits, Transactions Courts & Legal News Crime & Public Safety Economy and Jobs Edinburg Education Edward N. Bell Election 2012 Entertainment Environment Fairs & Festivals Fire & Rescue Fishers Hill Fort Valley Frederick County Front Royal George Washington National Forest Guest Column Hard Times Health History Holidays Homes In The Spotlight Ledger Livestock Local Markets Maurertown Media Middletown Military & Veterans Moms Mt. Jackson New Market Page County Pets & Animals Politics Quicksburg Religion Rockingham County RSW Jail School News Shenandoah County Shenandoah Farms Volunteer Fire Department Star Tannery State Stephens City Steven A. Boyce Strasburg Toms Brook Traffic & Transportation Utilities Valley 911 Warren County Weather West Virginia Winchester Woodstock Year in Review

News | Sports | Business | Lifestyle | Obituaries | Opinion | Multimedia| Entertainment | Homes | Classifieds
Contact Us | NIE | Place a Classified | Privacy Policy | Subscribe

Copyright © The Northern Virginia Daily | nvdaily.com | 152 N. Holliday St., Strasburg, Va. 22657 | (800) 296-5137

Best Small Daily Newspaper in Virginia!

nvdaily.com | seeshenandoah.com