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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

25,000 Bullets Found In Man's Apartment




Police have found 25,000 rounds of ammunition under the floorboards in a St. Petersburg man's apartment, as well as seven grenades, two rifles, one machine gun and a homemade bomb, officials said Friday.


"We had to use a spade to dig up all these rounds and shovel them into bags," an officer of the St. Petersburg police firearms unit said by telephone.


The officer said he and his colleagues spent all of Wednesday exposing the weapons caches, which were "all over the apartment" on Krasnoputilovskaya Ulitsa.


He would not identify himself or the 38-year-old resident of the apartment, who was arrested on charges of illegal possession of firearms and explosives. If convicted, the man could spend up to six years in prison.


The officer said police were tipped about the arsenal during one of the numerous raids they conducted in the so-far fruitless efforts to find the killers of State Duma deputy and renowned democrat Galina Starovoitova, who was gunned down outside her apartment in November.


St. Petersburg police spokesman Vyacheslav Stepchenko said it will take the city gun laboratory "quite a while" to test the suspect's arsenal to determine whether any of it is in working order and make an inventory.


Stepchenko said most of the confiscated items date back to the World War II era and probably had been dug up from battlefields around St. Petersburg.


The city was encircled by Nazi troops for almost three years during the war.


The spokesman quoted the suspect as saying he was planning to fix the weaponry and sell it to collectors, rather than gangsters.


However, Stepchenko said police have "every reason" not to believe the suspect as they found not only World War II weapons, but also a homemade bomb in his apartment.


"What collector would buy a bomb like that?" Stepchenko said.