GULFPORT -- Eight people have been indicted on federal charges alleging they stole 48 firearms, including machine guns, and tried to sell them.
Seven of the defendants will be arraigned Tuesday in U.S. District Court. An eighth has not been brought to court yet for an initial appearance.
They each were indicted Tuesday on charges of stealing firearms from a licensed federal firearms dealer, receiving stolen firearms and unlawful transfer or possession of a machine gun.
The group includes several relatives.
They are LaKeith Smith, 20; Theodore Towne, 20; Kenneth Knox, 46; Aubrey Knox, 35; Princeton Knox, 34; Catina Towne Henderson, 41; and Jessica Romero, 25.
Damien Towne, 24, was taken into custody on unrelated charges.
Agents with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives have said Smith made arrangements to burglarize a firearms dealer's home in Moss Point while the man was out of town on May 15. The homeowner returned home May 27 and reported the break-in to Moss Point police.