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Asking for a friend: Bloomfield man on scene when police executed a search, wants to know who took ‘his friend’s’ gun

Rusty Mason Crowe

Rusty Mason Crowe

A number of deputies on hand to execute a search warrant at a home on State Road 157 in Bloomfield reported seizing evidence of methamphetamine, marijuana, paraphernalia and one gun. In a later interview, one of the men, who was at the home when officers arrived, admitted some of the items belonged to him and he wanted to know who took the gun.

Personnel from the Greene County Sheriff’s Department including Detective Shawn Cullison, Sgt. Bobby Pierce, and Deputies Alan Jackson, Davis Aerne and David Elmore served the search warrant on March 21. During the search, two men at the home were detained and questioned, including Rusty Mason Crowe, age 50, of rural Bloomfield.

Det. Cullison reported the deputies found and collected a number of items of evidence including smoking pipes and devices, straws, metal and cloth containers, plastic bags and other items that contained either quantities of a substance or residues that field tested positive for methamphetamine or marijuana.

They also found a 9 mm Taurus PT92 handgun with four magazines containing 9 mm ammo.

Some of these items allegedly belonged to Crowe and Det. Cullison reported that when Crowe was interviewed by Cullison and Deputy Pierce, Crowe admitted a case with methamphetamine inside was his.

GCSD Det. Sgt. James O’Malley conducted another later interview with Crowe and during that conversation, O’Malley advised Crowe asked about the gun, for a friend.

Crowe allegedly asked who had taken his friend’s gun from the house. He said his friend had left the handgun in Crowe’s truck and he had placed it in the closet at the home until his friend could come back to get it.

Crowe does have a prior criminal record.

Det. Cullison said the interviews were audio and video recorded.

In late April, a case was filed against Crowe for possession of methamphetamine in an amount less than five grams, a Level 5 felony, and possession of paraphernalia, a Class C misdemeanor.

A warrant was issued for his arrest, and he was taken into custody last weekend.