Two College Station men were arrested Wednesday after authorities said both stole motorcycles and had stolen firearms.

According to College Station police, officers received a tip that Mitchel J. Anderson, 28, was at the Walmart on Brothers Boulevard to conduct a drug deal and may be on a stolen motorcycle. Officers arrived at 9:30 a.m. and saw the motorcycle, which had been spray painted and had an identification number that had been tampered with. Officers found Anderson inside the store and detained him. Police say Anderson, who is not licensed to carry a firearm, had a stolen handgun in a backpack.

Around 2 p.m., a Brazos County sheriff’s deputy stopped a pickup driven by Ronnie Ray Thompson Jr., 46. The deputy determined that a motorcycle in the truck’s bed had been reported stolen. Thompson said the bike had been left on his property earlier in the morning by Anderson, and Thompson said he knew it was stolen. During a search, a deputy found a firearm, authorities said.

Thompson is charged with theft, a state jail felony punishable by up to two years in a state jail, and is being held on two warrants. Anderson is charged with theft of a firearm and unauthorized use of a vehicle, both state jail felonies. He is also being held on a burglary of a building warrant out of Washington County.

Both men are charged with a misdemeanor count of unlawful carrying of a weapon. Anderson remains in the Brazos County Jail on $24,000 bond, while Thompson is being held on $23,000 bond.

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