Greensboro man arrested, 18 stolen guns recovered after two Tuscaloosa burglaries


Scott Hamilton (photo from Tuscaloosa PD)

By Jeff Wyatt, Lauren Walsh, ABC 3340

TUSCALOOSA, Ala — Eighteen stolen guns were recovered after two recent gun store burglaries in Tuscaloosa.

Tuscaloosa Police Captain Brad Mason says the weekend recovery started with a traffic stop and then a search warrant. Officers found the 18 recovered guns at multiple locations.

38-year-old Scott Hamilton is charged with multiple burglaries, including one at Plus One Tactical Advantage located in the 5400 block of Skyland Blvd. in Cottondale.

Some of the other recovered guns came from Woods and Water, and also a gun store in Demopolis. More than 50 guns are estimated to have been taken.

Mason says it’s important to get the rest back.

“Because so many times, as we’ve talked about in the past, that stolen guns are used in crimes,” Mason said. “They’re being possessed by maybe people who are not allowed to possess a gun and so it’s really important we do everything we can to get these guns back.”

David Hyche with ATF expects federal charges to be involved in this case.

With stolen guns still out there, he talked about the risk to the public.

“Good people don’t buy guns from drug dealers and they don’t trade guns for dope,” said Hyche. “So there’s nothing good I can say about it.”

The guns were stolen with forced entry into stores.

Hyche says security was not the problem.

“In Alabama, we have had gun store burglaries where the gun stores have had virtually no security,” he said. “It was a joke. This is not the case with these gun stores.”

More charges are expected, some drug related. Police also say they don’t believe Hamilton was working alone.

Hamilton is in the Tuscaloosa County Jail on a bond of $45,000.