Boy Scouts' Campground Falls Victim to Burglar in Big Bear

The firearms are used by would-be campers for target practice.

Several buildings on a Boy Scouts’ campground near Big Bear were burglarized Monday morning.

Officials initially responded to a call that a transient was walking around with an empty rifle case in the wooded area of the Holcomb Valley Boy Scouts of America Campground at about 11 a.m.

“When deputies got out there they found the suspect there in possesion of a rifle and stolen property,” Tiffany Swantek said, a spokeswoman for the Big Bear Sheriff’s Station.

Geoffry Brister, 22, who did not have permission to be on the location, was found carrying a .22 caliber rifle at the time of the incident. It was later discovered he was on felony probation for carrying a loaded firearm in public.

Firearms, that are usually used for target practice, were among the missing items from the scout buildings.

Brister was arrested and booked on felony charges on suspicion of burglary, vandalism, being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition and misdemeanor charges related to being in possession of methamphetamine.

His bail was set at $60,000.

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