Man finds AK-47s in bushes, seen walking through downtown Winston-Salem with them

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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -- A man caused quite a stir when he was seen walking through downtown Winston-Salem with two assault-style rifles.

According to Winston-Salem police, the man found two loaded AK-47s in the bushes at a construction site off U.S. 421 and Peters Creek Parkway.

He was walking to turn them in at the downtown police station.

A woman who saw the man walking through downtown with the guns said it was troubling and she was glad to hear it wasn't anything menacing.

“It was a huge relief," Jenny Hutcherson said. "It was both really fascinating because you think, where did those guns come from? Why were they thrown out next to the highway? What story is behind that? But mostly it was relief.”

Hutcherson said she was grateful to police who responded quickly.

“We didn’t feel like they were brushing us off, they were going to go find out what was going on and that was very reassuring,” she said.

Both guns were reported stolen out of Avery County. A captain said that one of the guns was rusted, and it was unclear how long they had been at the site.

Police report that more than 370 guns have been seized in the city since the beginning of the year.

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