A Denver man has been sentenced to more than three years in federal prison for a smash-and-grab robbery of a Littleton gun store in which 13 AR-15 style rifles were stolen.
Justin Vigil, 31, was sentenced to 39 months in prison followed by three years of supervised release, according to a U.S. Attorney’s Office, District of Colorado, news release.
On January 18, 2018, Vigil and five others, burglarized Murdoch’s gun store after throwing a rock through a glass window to gain entry, the release said. The burglars spent three minutes in the store. That same evening investigators served a search warrant at the Denver home of Jonathan Estrada.
Estrada, a co-defendant in the case, was sentenced in February to eight years in federal prison.
“Prosecuting gun crimes is a top priority for my office and the Department of Justice,” said U.S. Attorney Jason Dunn, in the release. “The theft of 13 AR-15 style rifles causes a substantial community safety concern because they likely end up in the hands of violent criminals, gangs, and drug trafficking organizations.”
In 2019 there were 135 firearms stolen in nine separate burglaries in Colorado, according to Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives statistics. In 2018, there were 64 firearms stolen in eight separate burglaries; and in 2017, there were 427 firearms stolen in 28 separate burglaries.
The sentence was handed down by U.S. District Court Judge Robert E. Blackburn. Multiple local law enforcement agencies assisted the ATF in the investigation.
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