February 26 2018

Police Arrest Burlington Man for Illegally Owned AR-15

By: Robert Parris


Two Burlington residents have been arrested and an illegal assault rifle was seized following an investigation.

According to Burlington Police Chief Michael Kent, Brenden Sheils, 31, of Burlington, was arrested for having possession of an illegal assault rifle. Sheils has no license to carry or Firearms Identification Card (FID) and his criminal record precludes him from owning firearms.

Detectives applied and for and obtained a search warrant of Sheils’ residence on Dennis Drive in Burlington and a search was conducted this past Friday morning.

Burlington police took caution during the search and received mutual aid assistance from the Northeastern Massachusetts Law Enforcement Council (NEMLEC) SWAT Team, in case of the presence of a high powered fire arm.

During the search, investigators discovered an AR-15 Rifle with a loaded 30 round magazine inserted, two large bags of spent shell casings and numerous rifle parts.

Sheils was charged with possession of a Large Capacity Firearm, Possession of a Large Capacity Feeding Device and a Firearm Violation with Two Prior Violent or Drug Crimes.

“This case is the product of strong detective work by our Burlington Police Department investigators who received and verified information about a dangerous felon in possession of a deadly assault rifle,” Chief Kent said,

 Kent concluded the statement by applauding his officers.

“Thanks to the diligent and quick work of our officers, both the suspect and the weapon are out of circulation at this time,” he said.

Also arrested at the scene was Priscilla Perry, 36, of Burlington. Perry was found with numerous arrest warrants for shoplifting.

Sheils is currently being held without bail pending a dangerousness hearing.  


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