For Immediate Release
Monday, March 12, 2018
, United States Attorney
Maria Chapa Lopez
Contact: William Daniels
Jacksonville Woman Pleads Guilty to Stealing Handguns from Local Gun Stores
Tampa Field Division
Jacksonville, Florida – Bruquanna Griffin (21, Jacksonville) today pleaded guilty to stealing firearms, and conspiring to steal firearms from federally-licensed firearms dealers. She faces a maximum penalty of 15 years in federal prison. A sentencing date has not yet been set.
According to court documents, throughout the summer of 2017, Griffin and another individual worked together to steal firearms from at least three Jacksonville gun stores. At each location, Griffin’s co-conspirator would distract the sales staff, while Griffin would sneak behind the counter to steal handguns. She stole as many as five guns from a single location. On August 23, 2017, Griffin was arrested after she attempted to leave a gun store with two stolen pistols in her purse. She eventually admitted her involvement in the conspiracy, explaining that after she stole the firearms, her co-conspirator would either keep, sell, or trade the guns for drugs.
This case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives and the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office. It is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Michael J. Coolican.
This case was brought as part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a program that has been successful in bringing together all levels of law enforcement to reduce violent crime and make our neighborhoods safer for everyone. In October 2017, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced the reinvigoration of PSN and directed all U.S. Attorneys’ Offices to develop districtwide crime reduction strategies, incorporating the lessons learned since the program’s inception in 2001. In the Middle District of Florida, U.S. Attorney Maria Chapa Lopez coordinates PSN efforts in cooperation with various federal, state, and local law enforcement officials.