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Department of Justice

U.S. Attorney's Office
Middle District of North Carolina

For Immediate Release

Wednesday, September 27, 2017
Sandra Hairston
, United States Attorney
Contact: Lynne Klauer

Lexington Men Sentenced for Burglary of Firearms Dealer

Greensboro, N.C. – A Lexington man and two codefendants were sentenced on September 26, 2017, for the theft of firearms from a registered firearms dealer, announced Acting United States Attorney Sandra J. Hairston.

Anthony Derek STEELE, 25, of Salisbury, N.C., was sentenced by the Honorable Catherine C. Eagles, United States District Judge, to imprisonment for 120 months, followed by three years of supervised release and restitution in excess of $15,000.00. On May 11, 2017, STEELE pleaded guilty to a violation of 18 U.S.C. § 922(u) and 924(i)(1) and (2), theft of firearms from a registered firearms dealer.

On December 7, 2016, law enforcement officers responded to Mimi’s Mini Mart located on NC Highway 8, Lexington, North Carolina, after receiving a report that it had been burglarized during the early morning hours. Upon questioning the owner and reviewing surveillance video from the store, investigators determined that two suspects entered the store at approximately 3:49 a.m. and stole 18 firearms after breaking a glass display case. Further investigation lead to the arrests of STEELE and three others involved in the burglary.

STEELE’s codefendants include Shemar Marquise ANDERSON, 21, Jalen Caldwell HAIRSTON (no relation to Acting U.S. Attorney Hairston), 20, and Marcus Davonta MCINTOSH, 22, all of Lexington. All three pleaded guilty to the theft of firearms from a registered firearms dealer. ANDERSON and HAIRSTON were also sentenced yesterday. MCINTOSH is scheduled to be sentenced on November 2, 2017, in Greensboro.

This case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, and the Davidson County Sheriff’s Office. The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Terry Meinecke.

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