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Department of Justice

U.S. Attorney's Office
District of Minnesota

For Immediate Release

Thursday, January 26, 2017
Andrew M. Luger
, United States Attorney
Contact: Ben Petok

Three Charged in Millville Gun Shop Robbery

United States Attorney Andrew M. Luger announced an indictment charging ALEX BOYD, 38, SASAH MARIE ERDNER, 30, and TRINITY JAMES WICKA, 19, with stealing and attempting to sell approximately 75 guns.[1] BOYD, who is a convicted felon, was also charged with illegally possessing a firearm. The indictment was unsealed yesterday in U.S. District Court in Minneapolis, Minn.

“This was one of the largest Minnesota gun shop burglaries we’ve seen in the past few years,” said James Modzelewski, ATF Special Agent in Charge. “Although we’ve been able to identify folks involved in the robbery and have recovered some of the stolen firearms, there are still a number of guns left to recover. Anyone with information regarding the remaining firearms is encouraged to reach out to ATF or local authorities. It’s been a pleasure to work with the Wabasha County Sheriff’s Office, Winona County Sheriff’s Office, the Winona Police Department and the Winona County Attorney’s office, and we look forward to continuing our partnership with them.”

According to the indictment and documents filed in court, on September 1, 2016, WICKA and others met and decided to rob the Millville Rod and Gun Shop in Millville, Minn. Early the next morning, WICKA and two of his associates robbed the gun shop by kicking in the door and breaking into glass display cases. They stole approximately 75 firearms, most of which were handguns.

According to the indictment, on the evening of September 2, 2016, BOYD and three other individuals committed two aggravated robberies in Winona, Minn., while in possession of stolen guns from the Millville Rod and Gun Shop.

According to the indictment, on September 16, 2016, a juvenile male was found in possession of 15 handguns that had all been stolen during the Millville Gun Shop burglary.

This case is the result of an investigation conducted by U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, the Wabasha County Sheriff’s Office, Winona County Sheriff’s Office, Winona Police Department, and the Winona County Attorney’s Office.

Assistant U.S. Attorney David Steinkamp is prosecuting the case.

Defendant Information:

ALEX BOYD, 38
Unknown

Charges:

  • Conspiracy to possess and distribute stolen firearms, 1 count
  • Possession of stolen firearms, 1 count
  • Felon in possession of a firearm, 1 count

SASHA MARIE ERDNER, 30
Unknown

Charges:

  • Conspiracy to possess and distribute stolen firearms, 1 count
  • Possession of stolen firearms, 1 count

TRINITY JAMES WICKA, 19
Winona, Minn.

Charges:

  • Conspiracy to possess and distribute stolen firearms, 1 count
  • Possession of stolen firearms, 1 count

[1] The charges contained in the indictment are merely accusations, and the defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

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