Man Arrested for Stealing Guns

A former employee of Rhino’s Gun Worx in Poplar Bluff pleaded guilty in federal court Friday to stealing more than 100 guns from the store and reselling them to individuals and pawn shops. John Franklin Quigley, 37, formally pleaded guilty to possessing stolen firearms and faces up to 10 years in prison, officials say.The thefts occurred between July 2017 and December 2018 and were discovered after ATF agents visited the store to review its fireworks “acquisition and disposition” records through which the sales of handguns are tracked. Investigators “determined that a large number of firearms, over 150, were shown as acquired by the store, but were not present in the inventory and were not shown as being sold, a plea agreement said. Investigators found that Quigley “was taking firearms from the Rhino store and selling them to other individuals and local pawn stores,” the plea agreement said. Quigley, who began working at Rhino’s in 2016, pocketed the money from the gun sales for himself, the plea deal said. The store opened in 2014. Brooks also owns Rhino’s Truck Accessories at the same address. Quigley is scheduled to be sentenced May 26th in U.S. District Court Southeastern Division in Cape Girardeau.

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