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Department of Justice

U.S. Attorney's Office
Eastern District of Virginia

For Immediate Release

Friday, May 5, 2017
Dana J. Boente
, United States Attorney
Contact: Joshua Stueve

Man Indicted for Stealing Rifles from Chesapeake Sporting Goods Store

NORFOLK, Va. – A federal grand jury in Norfolk returned an indictment yesterday charging a Chesapeake man with theft of firearms and possessing stolen firearms.

According to the allegations in the indictment, Sean Robert Elliott, 27, stole the firearms on Nov. 25, 2016, and on January 27.  Elliott is also charged with two counts of possessing stolen firearms, stemming from a series of burglaries and burglary attempts at a Chesapeake sporting goods store that took place last winter.

Elliott faces a maximum sentence of 40 years in prison if convicted.  Actual sentences for federal crimes are typically less than the maximum penalties. A federal district court judge will determine any sentence after taking into account the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.

Dana J. Boente, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia; Michael B. Boxler, Special Agent in Charge of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives’ (ATF) Washington Field Division, and Col. K.L. Wright, Chesapeake Chief of Police, made the announcement.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Kevin Hudson is prosecuting the case.

A copy of this press release is located on the website of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia.  Related court documents and information is located on the website of the District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia or on PACER by searching for Case No. 2:17-cr-75.

An indictment contains allegations that a defendant has committed a crime. Every defendant is presumed to be innocent until and unless proven guilty in court.

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Field Division: Washington Field Division