For Immediate Release
Three Men Charged with Burglarizing Gun Range and Theft of Firearms
Memphis, TN – On September 10, 2020, a federal grand jury returned a two-count indictment against three individuals for conspiracy and theft of firearms from a federally licensed firearms dealer. D. Michael Dunavant, U.S. Attorney announced the indictment today. According to the indictment, on August 2, 2020, at approximately 11:12 p.m., the Shoot Point Blank gun range, a federally licensed firearms dealer located at 1740 Century Center Cove in Memphis, Tennessee was burglarized. Three suspects took a total of 32 firearms from the business.
The defendants are listed below:
- Kendrick Monger, 24, Memphis, Tennessee
- Corey Groves, 25, Memphis, Tennessee
- Martez Banks, 25, Memphis, Tennessee
If convicted, the defendants each face up to 10 years imprisonment. There is no parole in the federal system.
U.S. Attorney D. Michael Dunavant said, "The proliferation of stolen firearms on the streets of Memphis contributes to the increased frequency and severity of shooting incidents and violent crime in our neighborhoods. Under Operation LeGend, we are surging federal resources to assist local law enforcement, and we are committed in our resolve to reduce violent crime by aggressively prosecuting federal firearms offenses. This indictment does just that."
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) investigated this case as part of Operation LeGend, a sustained, systematic and coordinated law enforcement initiative in which federal law enforcement agencies work in conjunction with state and local law enforcement officials to fight violent crime, particularly gun violence, in Memphis.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Elizabeth Rogers is prosecuting this case on behalf of the government.
The charges and allegations contained in the indictment are merely accusations, and the defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.