A Richland woman faces trial Nov. 17 for allegedly breaking into her parents’ detached garage and stealing a Winchester rifle.
Teresa Kay Sargent, 21, pleaded innocent to first-degree possession of a gun, theft of a gun and second-degree burglary.
She also pleaded innocent to an unrelated charge of possessing methamphetamine.
According to court documents for the burglary, Sargent went into the South Lexington Street garage in Kennewick some time between Sept. 1 and 27.
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Sargent admitted to sheriff’s deputies that she took at least one gun and a BB gun, documents said. But her parents, who discovered the burglary Sept. 27, reported that 22 guns were missing.
The guns had been inherited from a family member.
Deputies found two sets of footprints in the garage near where the guns were stored. The smaller set of prints matched a shoe found in a travel trailer on the property that Sargent’s mother identified as belonging to her daughter, court documents said.
Sargent had been staying in the trailer at night without her parents’ permission, her mother reportedly told deputies.
Sargent admitted going into the garage about a week before her mother reported the items missing, documents said.
She allegedly gave the Winchester rifle to another person who immediately sold it. She further claimed the other guns were still in the garage when she removed the rifle and BB gun.
Sargent is not allowed to own or possess guns because of prior felony convictions, including a 2009 residential burglary.
She’s being held in the Benton County jail, with bail set at $25,000.