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Police confiscate 3 patrol-cars worth of weapons from Spring Mills man

Two Centre County sheriff’s deputies arranged a meeting with a Spring Mills man to serve him a protection-from-abuse order, but it ended in an arrest.

The deputies arrived at a storage locker off Yearicks Boulevard on Nov. 27 to meet Jens-Peter Engelund, 50, and seize his weapons. The terms of the PFA order also stipulated that Engelund be evicted from his residence.

The deputies asked Engelund why he kept weapons in the storage locker, according to the affidavit of probable cause, and he answered he could not keep them at his house due to being on probation.

Weapons and equipment collected at the storage locker included large quantities of ammunition in multiple calibers, bags and boxes of knives, long guns, pistols, swords and metal knuckles, according to the affidavit. It took three patrol cars to transport all of the weapons seized.

The deputies contacted Engelund’s parole officer in Hancock County, Ind. The parole officer told the deputies Engelund was on parole for an August felony conviction and was prohibited from possessing weapons. Deputies also discovered Engelund had previously been convicted of domestic violence charges in Illinois.

Engelund was charged with felony possession of firearms and misdemeanor making repairs or selling weapons.

Engelund was released from custody after unsecured bail was set at $2,500 by District Judge Thomas Jordan. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. Wednesday.

Shawn Annarelli: 814-235-3928, @Shawn_Annarelli

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