LEXINGTON (CBS) – Police seized dozens of guns, thousands of rounds of ammunition and Nazi memorabilia from a Lexington man’s home after he was charged with a hate crime.
After investigators seized dozens of unlicensed guns, more than 10,000 rounds of ammunition and more in Robert Ivarson’s home, the man charged with a hate crime earlier in the week now faces a slew of additional charges.
Ivarson, 49, is now charged with three counts of possessing a firearm without a license, three counts of possessing ammunition without a license, three counts of possessing a large capacity firearm, three counts of possessing a large capacity feeding device and one count of being an armed career criminal.
Police carried multiple boxes of evidence from Ivarson’s home on Tarbell Avenue late Thursday night into Friday morning. Bomb sniffing dogs and investigators with metal detectors searched the home where Ivarson lives with his elderly parents.
In a news conference on Friday, the District Attorney’s office splayed out the haul taken from Ivarson’s home, which included a helmet with a swastika in addition to the horde of guns and ammunition.
Earlier this week, was charged with civil and criminal harassment for allegedly throwing banana peels on the driveway and car of his black neighbor.
According to the Middlesex District Attorney, Ivarson was a “career criminal” and had no license for any of the guns investigators found in his home.
Police records show Ivarson’s parents have said they are afraid of him.
Ivarson’s neighbors were shocked by the discovery.
“That’s really scary,” Melissa Ritchie said. “Watching that this morning was very frightening.”
Police said they used surveillance cameras to catch him in the act.
Ivarson was arraigned Tuesday in Concord District Court on the hate crime charges. He was ordered held on $10,000 bail and ordered to wear a GPS monitoring bracelet and remain under house arrest. He will now be arraigned on the additional charges resulting from the contents of the search.
WBZ NewsRaidio 1030’s Bernice Corpuz reports