Man armed himself to catch thief, police say

A North Augusta man armed himself with a shotgun and a pistol Tuesday in hopes of catching whoever stole his motorcycle, a North Augusta Public Safety report states.

An officer was sent to the 600 block of Hutchinson Drive around 7 a.m. to investigate the theft but was told en route that a man carrying weapons was walking the street.

The officer said he saw Kevin Franklin, 25, holding the loaded guns outside his house. Franklin dropped the weapons at gunpoint after several orders from the officer, a report states.

Franklin said he was hoping to catch the thief who took his motorcycle, according to a report. He was charged with presenting a firearm.