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Department of Justice

U.S. Attorney's Office
Eastern District of Missouri
Sayler A. Fleming, United States Attorney
For Immediate Release
Thursday, November 9, 2023

Man Admits Burglarizing Two Missouri Gun Shops

ST. LOUIS – A man on Thursday admitted breaking into two Jefferson County, Missouri, gun shops in 2020 and stealing multiple firearms. 

Carnell Robinson, 21, of Jennings, Missouri, pleaded guilty to a felony charge of theft of firearms from a federal firearms licensee. 

On July 12, 2020 at about 1 a.m., burglars broke into Mike’s Pawn and Jewelry in Imperial, where they stole four AR-style rifles, a shotgun, ammunition and jewelry.

The next day, also at 1 a.m., they broke into Top Gun Shooting Sports near Arnold and stole two rifles and numerous boxes of ammunition. 

Robinson’s fingerprint was later found on a gun case at Mike’s.

Robinson is scheduled to be sentenced by U.S. District Judge Rodney W. Sippel on Feb. 14, 2024. The charge carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison, a $250,000 fine or both. 

The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives investigated the case. Assistant U.S. Attorney Donald Boyce is prosecuting the case.


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