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COPY-Greenbrier Co. man pleads guilty to gun theft conspiracy

BECKLEY, W.Va. – A Greenbrier County man pleaded guilty to conspiracy to steal firearms from the premises of a federal firearms licensee.  

David Alan Rookstool, 22, of Alderson, Greenbrier County, W.Va., admitted that from sometime prior to November 21, 2010 until November 22, 2010, he and two known associates conspired to steal firearms from a federally licensed firearms dealer in Lewisburg.
 
Rookstool admitted that after stealing a vehicle on November 22, 2010, he and an associate traveled to Lewisburg to steal firearms.  Upon arriving in Lewisburg, the defendant's stolen vehicle ran out of gasoline. 

Both Rookstool and his associate walked the remaining distance to the firearm dealer's store and stole approximately 20 firearms.  After the defendant and his associate exited the store with the stolen guns, they traveled to a known abandoned residence. 

Rookstool further admitted that while at the known abandoned residence, he and his co-conspirators hid the stolen firearms.  Rookstool also admitted that on November 29, he and an associate gave two firearms to a third known individual.  That firearm was recovered by law enforcement. 

It was also determined by law enforcement that another firearm, a .380 pistol that included a laser scope, was thrown into a river by the defendant's co-conspirator at the time of his arrest on Nov. 29, 2010. 

Rookstool faces up to five years in prison and a $250,000 fine when he is sentenced on June
19, 2013 by United States District Judge Irene C. Berger. 

The investigation was conducted by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF).  Assistant United States Attorney John File is in charge of the prosecution. 
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