ATF busts worldly Denver-area gun store thievery ring, 16 arrested

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DENVER – Two Denver men were arrested late Sep for the Aug 10, 2017 thievery of firearms from the Cabela’s in Lone Tree, Colorado, Acting U.S. Attorney Bob Troyer and ATF Denver Division Special Agent in Charge Debora Livingston announced. A third man also charged with the Cabela’s thievery is now in state control on separate charges. These arrests as good as many others are partial of internal law enforcement’s efforts, operative with the ATF and the Colorado U.S. Attorney’s Office, to chateau mixed burglaries of gun stores via Colorado. To date, 16 people have been charged federally for thievery of firearms from sovereign firearms licensees. Those cases are pending.

“These are no skill crimes. These are life and death crimes. Stolen guns go true into the hands of criminals, not hunters and aim shooters,” pronounced Acting U.S. Attorney Bob Troyer. “The people who bring this assault into the communities will be introduced to sovereign justice, up close and personal, for a prolonged time.”

“Investigating these thefts is ATF’s top priority in Colorado,” pronounced ATF Special Agent in Charge Debora Livingston. “We will be relentless. If someone is involved, we will find them. A intensity ten-year jail judgment is a poignant punishment for two mins of crime.”

In 2017 alone, over 400 firearms have been stolen. Arrests for those thefts also have been done in tie with thefts from South Platte Tactical gun store in Adams County, Top Dollar Pawn Shop in El Paso County, Best Way Sales in Baca County, Shooter Ready in Jefferson County, Dragon Arms in El Paso County, and Parker Arms in Jefferson County. Those charged by complaint with thefts from those firearm licensees include:

Cabela’s

On Aug 10, 2017, Darnell Hudgens, age 2,3 of Denver, Colorado, Giavanni Edward Miles, age 21, chateau unknown, and Kendall Crockett, age 23, of Denver, Colorado, with others, conspired to steal firearms from Cabela’s in Douglas County, City of Lone Tree. On Aug 21, 2017, those same defendants stole firearms from the Cabela’s in Thornton, Colorado. The defendants are charged by complaint with possessing stolen firearms, swindling to steal firearms from a sovereign firearm licensee, and ordering of the weapons.

South Platte Tactical

On Jan 8, 2017, Gaven Alfonso Orozco, age 20, of Adams County, Colorado, and Jordan Martinez, age 19, of Denver, Colorado, conspired to and stole firearms from the South Platte Tactical gun store in Adams County. The defendants pennyless into the store and private the firearms. Those concerned in the thievery stole a vehicle, gathering to the gun store location, stole the firearms, and fled. The complaint states that on Jan 13, 2017, Orozco possessed, concealed, stored and likely of stolen firearms. The firearms were then distributed among members of the conspiracy. The defendants face charges including possession of stolen firearms, swindling to steal firearms, thievery of firearms from a sovereign firearms licensee.

Top Dollar Pawn

On Jul 10, 2017, Adam Paul Mowery, age 41, of Colorado Springs, Colorado, stole firearms from Top Dollar Pawn Shop in El Paso County. He then possessed, concealed, stored and likely of the stolen firearms. On Jul 25, 2017, Cole Truitt Anderson, age 26, of Florissant, Colorado, possessed, concealed, stored and likely of stolen firearms. Anderson also hexed a stolen sawed-off shotgun. Both defendants face charges of possession of stolen firearms, possession of firearms by a taboo person, possession of unregistered firearms.

Dragon Arms

On Aug 27, 2017, Jennifer Scoggin, Camron Specht, Ryan Sharpe, and Gian Carlos Vance, allegedly stole firearms from Dragon Arms in El Paso County, Colorado, where defendants stole mixed handguns, shotguns, and rifles. The defendants face thievery of firearms from a sovereign firearms licensee.

Best Way Sales

On Aug 10, 2017, Calvin Terrell Stafford, age 23, of Warrensburg, Missouri, and Napoleon Williams, age 23, of St. Louis, Missouri, conspired to steal firearms from Best Way Sales, located in Baca County, in the city of Springfield, Colorado. They trafficked from Missouri to Colorado, identified and cased Best Way Sales, and on Aug 11, 2017, pennyless into the store and stole firearms. They then gathering the stolen firearms back to Missouri. The defendants face charges of conspiracy, thievery of firearms from an sovereign firearms licensee, and possession of stolen firearms.

Shooter Ready

On Nov 10, 2016, Viet Trinh, age 18 of Thornton, Colorado, possessed, concealed, stored and likely of stolen firearms. Trinh conspired with others to steal firearms from Shooter Ready gun store in Denver. After the weapons were stolen, they were distributed to members of the conspiracy. Trinh was the get-away-driver for the Shooter Ready burglary. On Dec 17, 2016, Trinh conspired with others to steal firearms from Parker Arms in Jefferson County, City of Wheat Ridge. He again was the get-away-driver. He faces possession of stolen firearms, conspiracy, and thievery of firearms from a sovereign firearms licensee.

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