UGA police arrest teen leaving campus with stolen guns


Braxton Xavier Fricke

By Joe Johnson

University of Georgia police recently arrested a Jackson County teen who they caught driving from campus with guns and other stolen items in his car, according to a UGA police report.

The incident began late Friday night when an officer patrolling the North Campus parking deck spotted a car that belonged to a suspect in a battery incident that occurred in October, according to the report.

Another officer responded to help stake out the parking deck, and after the vehicle left at about 2 p.m. Saturday the officers followed and conducted a traffic stop on West Broad Street, according to the report.

The driver, 17-year-old Braxton Xavier Fricke of Pendergrass handed an officer a driver’s license that was issued to someone else, and while speaking to Fricke officers smelled the odor of burnt marijuana inside the teen's vehicle.

During a search of the car, officers found two loaded semiautomatic pistols, brass knuckles, loose bullets, ammo magazines, a hunting knife, and also a concealed weapon permit and bank cards that were all issued to the person whose driver’s license was in Fricke’s possession.

Frick admitted to stealing one of the guns from a car in Dacula, and Gwinnett County police indicated they had taken an entering auto report at the address of the owner of the other gun, carry permit and bank cards, according to the UGA police report.

Fricke was arrested and charged with possession of a firearm by a person under 18 years old, possession of a weapon on school grounds, five counts of theft by receiving stolen property and operating an unregistered vehicle.

He was released Sunday from the Clarke County Jail on own recognizance bonds totaling $9,000 and with the requirement he wear an ankle monitor.

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