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Sentences handed down in Fresno gun store burglary

Surveillance Video | Theft at Fresno’s PRK Arms gun shop

On Oct. 20, 2017, the PRK Arms gun shop in Fresno, California, was burglarized and numerous assault rifles and handguns were stolen. Four of the six suspects – among those in this surveillance video – were arrested in Modesto, California, on Nov.
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On Oct. 20, 2017, the PRK Arms gun shop in Fresno, California, was burglarized and numerous assault rifles and handguns were stolen. Four of the six suspects – among those in this surveillance video – were arrested in Modesto, California, on Nov.

A Modesto man was sentenced Monday to nearly 12 years in prison for stealing about 50 firearms in 2017 from Fresno gun store PRK arms.

Johnny Sanchez, 22, was accused of the Oct. 20, 2017 of the gun store near Clovis and Olive avenues, along with co-defandants Nathan Creel, 22, also of Modesto and James Britt, David Avina, and Luis Galvan, according to U.S. Attorney McGregor Scott.

The suspects cut a chain and lock to gain entry to the store and made off with numerous rifles that were sold to others.

Sanchez was sentenced to 11 years and eight months in prison.

Creel pleaded guilty to charges Monday. He is scheduled to be sentenced on Feb. 11 and faces a penalty of 25 years and a $25,000 fine.

Britt pleaded guilty and is scheduled to be sentenced on March 25.

Charges are pending against Avina and Galvan, according to Scott.

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