A Sun Staff Report

AYER -- A Nashua man and Dracut woman were arraigned in Ayer District Court Wednesday morning on a slew of charges resulting from the late December discovery of a large cache of stolen guns at a Pepperell home.

Wayne Shay, 36, was held on $10,000 cash bail on 14 charges including possession of unlicensed assault-style weapons and possession of ammunition without an FID card.

Co-defendant Sheri Napier, 36, of Dracut, was held on $1,000 cash bail.

Judge Margaret Guzman upheld the prosecution's request for the $10,000 bail for Shay, who has an extensive criminal history including instances of armed robbery, assault and battery, several drug offenses and numerous cases out of Lowell District Court over the past decade.

The prosecutor had asked for $5,000 cash bail for Napier, but her defense attorney cited her medical issues and no previous criminal record, resulting in the lower bail amount.

Shay and Napier are due back in Ayer District Court for a probable cause hearing Jan. 25.

Both also face charges as fugitives from justice out of New Hampshire. The status of those charges wasn't immediately available Wednesday morning.

The investigation followed a "recent" theft of firearms in Nashua, according to Massachusetts State Police. Following the arrest of Shay and Napier in a Dracut residence last month, authorities said they located 16 stolen firearms, 17 high-capacity magazines, a 100-round drum magazine and more than 1,000 rounds of ammunition from a residence at 21 Townsend St.


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