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Department of Justice

U.S. Attorney's Office
Northern District of Indiana

For Immediate Release

Thursday, September 6, 2018
Thomas L. Kirsch II
, United States Attorney
Contact: Ryan Holmes

Bristol Man Sentenced to 63 Months in Prison

For Theft of Firearms from a Federally Licensed Firearms Dealer

SOUTH BEND – Scott Cripe, 31 years old, of Bristol, Indiana, was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge Robert L. Miller, Jr. after pleading guilty of theft of firearms from a federally licensed firearms dealer and being a felon in possession of a firearm, announced U. S. Attorney Kirsch.


Cripe was sentenced to 63 months in prison, 2 years supervised release and ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $6,435.53.


According to documents in the case, Cripe broke into a federally licensed firearms dealer, in July of 2017. He stole six firearms but was caught by police with one of the stolen firearms less than a day and a half after the theft.  Cripe has prior misdemeanor and felony convictions for offenses including burglary, theft, and operating vehicles while intoxicated.


This case was investigated by the ATF with assistance from the Elkhart County Sheriff’s Department, Middlebury Police Department, and South Bend Police Department and prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Molly E. Donnelly.



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