Man suspected of stealing firearms and attempting to sell them

Chris Terra

NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — A Norfolk man suspected of stealing firearms and trying to sell them is now behind bars.

Chris Terra has been in jail since late August. The case against him is still building, according to police.

According to court documents, the assault rifles were possibly stolen in Virginia Beach and then the suspect attempted to sell them in Norfolk.

The affidavit for the search warrant for Terra’s cell phone says police believe the man broke into a Virginia Beach shipping facility, Universal Intermodal, which is located on Bayside Road. Universal’s terminal manager did not want to comment because of the ongoing police investigation. The affidavit says the stolen firearms are SKS assault rifles.

It’s not clear exactly when or how Terra, who goes by the nickname C.J., gained entry into the facility. The documents say, police set up a possible purchase of a stolen SKS assault rifle from Terra on August 27.

Later that day, the suspect was pulled over for expired tags. After questioning by police, the affidavit says, “Terra admitted he had a stolen SKS assault rifle in his van.” He then led police to four other firearms.

Terra is currently charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. He is being held in the Norfolk City Jail without bond, according to police spokesperson Officer Daniel Hudson. Hudson said there could be more charges coming.

Terra could face charges in Virginia Beach related to this case. WAVY.com will update the story when we hear back from Virginia Beach police.

The Virginia Beach Commonwealth’s Attorney’s office confirms: Terra is facing unrelated grand larceny and burglary charges from July 2015.

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