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Juveniles, teen arrested, charged with stealing assault-style guns from Eudora shop

April 9, 2018


Two juveniles and an 18-year-old have been arrested and charged with stealing guns — including assault-style rifles and pistols — from a Eudora gun shop.

Eudora Police Chief Wes Lovett said a tip led to the arrests of three of four suspects in last month’s break-in and thefts from Free State Guns and Tactical Weapons, 218 E. 20th St. in Eudora. Lovett said that, as of last week, police had recovered six of nine guns that were stolen.

All three arrestees are Eudora residents.

Both of the two boys face one count of burglary, a felony; nine counts of theft of firearms, all felonies; and two counts of criminal damage to property, both misdemeanors, for allegedly breaking the shop’s door and a display case inside.

The complaints list the types of guns that were stolen, and they include assault-style rifles and pistols, as well as multiple revolvers.

Court documents do not include the boys’ exact ages, but both are younger than 18.

The 18-year-old, Stevan Rios, is charged as an adult with one count of burglary, a felony; one count of theft, a felony, for allegedly stealing multiple firearms; two counts of contributing to a child’s misconduct, felonies; and one count of criminal damage to property, a misdemeanor, for allegedly breaking the shop’s display case.

The smash-and-grab-style break-in happened about 2:10 a.m. March 15.

The thieves broke the business’s glass door and smashed some display cases inside, and the store’s automatic alarm notified police, shop owner Larry Minkler told the Journal-World the next morning. Minkler said representatives from the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives came to the store to help with the ensuing law enforcement investigation and inventory of the stolen guns.

Rios is free on bond, with his next hearing set for May 2, according to court records.

The boys were both placed on house arrest. Their next hearings are scheduled for Wednesday and April 18.

None of the three has prior criminal records in Douglas County District Court.

Contact public safety reporter Sara Shepherd
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Bob Smith 1 month, 2 weeks ago

What are assault-style rifles, LJW? AR-type rifles or merely semiautomatic rifles with some scary features?

Bob Smith 1 month, 2 weeks ago

"...The expression "assault weapon" is a semantic Trojan horse that represents a real threat to our constitutional rights. Since it does not define the weapons in question, it can be used to define anything people want to get rid of, starting with semi-automatic long guns and ending with revolvers and even ammunition. "Banning" such weapons means a whole lot more than merely ceasing their sale; it addresses the guns already in the hands of citizens. It addresses this issue through the holy grail of lefties everywhere: confiscation. Criminals don't give a damn about this expression or any other you might want to use to interfere with their lives, so confiscation under an "assault weapons ban" is limited to law-abiding gun-owners..."

Don Brennaman 1 month, 2 weeks ago

I'd say assault weapons are those which are not commonly used for sport.

Bob Smith 1 month, 2 weeks ago

Millions of law-abiding Americans use modern sporting rifles for hunting and target shooting. Guess that takes the wind out of your sails.

David Reber 1 month, 2 weeks ago

Some gun control I could get behind:

Mandatory bars on glass doors/windows of gun stores (this place was WAY too easy to steal from).

Mandatory life in prison, no parole, for theft of firearms (because you know we're going to read about one or more of these guys getting arrested for the same crime five years from now, within weeks of their being released).

Steve Jacob 1 month, 2 weeks ago

Bars on glass/doors at pharmacies also.

Bob Smith 1 month, 2 weeks ago

We should make theft illegal. That'll show those miscreants!

Bob Smith 1 month, 2 weeks ago

There's a thing called a joke, bub. Study up on it sometime.

Rick Masters 1 month, 2 weeks ago

The word joke should be in scare quotes.

Marc Wilborn 1 month, 2 weeks ago

Why have internet security at all? HRC

Allow foreign nationals to have access to top Democratic emails without any security review and have access while on foreign soil (Pakistan). DWS

Gary Stussie 1 month, 2 weeks ago

Marc ... a Top Democrat was the one that enabled access to the DNC emails ... fell for something my grandchildren know better then to do.

Michael Kort 1 month, 2 weeks ago

And the store didn't have any bump stocks or oversized clips to be stolen ?.........were the alleged crooks just not that smart ?........and or did they just miss the serious stuff ?

What were they going to do with all of that allegedly stolen firepower ?.......three guns still just missing somewhere ?

Bob Smith 1 month, 2 weeks ago

Perhaps the store only carried normal-capacity magazines. You know, similar to the 20 and 30 round magazines that the US government has sold by the hundreds of thousands on the surplus market. Plus it is very difficult to hit anything using a bump stock. Spraying bullets around the landscape is a lousy tactic.

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