Two Men Arrested During Cooperative Gun Theft Investigation

Middle Township, N.J. – Christopher Liston, 35, and James Liston, 73, both of Cape May Court House, N.J. were arrested for various weapons offenses during a cooperative gun theft investigation.

On July 8, detectives from the New Jersey State Police Firearms Investigations Unit were contacted by members of the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms (BATF) to assist with a stolen firearm investigation at a licensed gun dealership in Hamilton Township, Atlantic County. Members of the BATF believed that a package containing a 5.7 caliber handgun was intercepted and stolen by Christopher Liston, and that he brandished a 9mm handgun from his pocket while at a gun dealership a few days prior.

As a result of the investigation, detectives discovered that Christopher Liston purchased the gun out of state and arranged to have it delivered to the dealership. During the transaction, he fraudulently re-routed the delivery of the package to a post office in Rio Grande, N.J. where his father, James Liston, took possession of the firearm.

On July 9, officers with the Hamilton Township Police Department located Christopher Liston at his residence in Cape May Court House. Officers arrested him without incident and seized the 9mm handgun he allegedly brandished at the dealership.

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