Archive for Monday, May 24, 2010

Teen sentenced for gun shop burglary

May 24, 2010

A 19-year-old Shawnee man was sentenced Monday to 27 months in federal prison for burglarizing a gun shop in Olathe.

Joseph M. Stutsman pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to steal firearms. In his plea, Stutsman admitted he conspired with co-defendants Timothy F. Eker and Kenneth J. Sallaz to burglarize the Olathe Gun Shop on Jan. 9, 2009.

U.S. Attorney Lanny Welch said Eker dropped Stutsman and Sallaz off at the store and parked nearby to act as a lookout. Stutsman and Sallaz entered through another business and crawled through the ceiling to get into the gun shop. During the burglary they tripped an alarm but left with at least eight rifles and handguns.

Eker and Sallaz are awaiting sentencing. Co-defendant Jimmy L. Thomas was sentenced to 12 months and a day.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, Shawnee Police Department and Assistant U.S. Attorney Terra Morehead assisted with the case.

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