An armed Springfield man was arrested inside a state building early Sunday morning. Police later found more than 20 firearms inside his vehicle.
Charles Pyles, 54, faces charges of armed violence, burglary, criminal damage, possession of burglary tools, unlawful use of a weapon, aggravated unlawful use of a weapon and possession of a weapon without a FOID card after the incident, which occurred at 12:19 a.m. in the 2000 block of South First Street.
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Springfield police had received reports of someone inside the building with the fire alarm being activated. Police said officers found Pyles, in possession of two loaded handguns, hiding in the building and took him into custody.
As they investigated, police found a recreational vehicle belonging to Pyles containing more than 20 firearms and thousands of rounds of ammunition. Police said they recovered 12 handguns, nine shotguns and five rifles, including an AR-15.
An investigation is underway to determine why Pyles was inside the building.
Pyles is currently being held in the Sangamon County Jail awaiting formal charges.
This article originally appeared on State Journal-Register: Armed Springfield man arrested inside state building Sunday