Nazi hat and swasitka.
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WASHINGTON -- Law enforcement has arrested a 29-year-old male on weapons charges after discovering an arsenal of weapons and a shrine to Nazism in his Long Island home.
Upon announcing the arrest of Edward Perkowski, local Suffolk County authorities said their police work "might have prevented a deadly, violent incident, like the one we recently saw in Orlando."
The cache of Nazi memorabilia included a book on white power, SS flags and hats, and a framed portrait of Adolf Hitler. He stockpiled ten assault rifles and several high-capacity magazines, and police also uncovered a stash of $40,000 in cash as well as a black binder filled with bomb-making instructions.
A friend of the brothers said told CBS New York that they are not neo-Nazis.
“They are not Nazis. They are not neo-Nazis,” the man only identified as Bob said. “His brother sells merchandise, Army surplus stuff.”
Others expressed relief that the brothers were arrested.
“Cops must have been called here at least 15, 20 times,” neighbor Larry Bilello said. “We never had any problem until those people moved in.”
JTA contributed to this report.