3 Fort Drum soldiers charged in gun shop break-ins

3 Fort Drum soldiers charged in gun shop break-ins
State police released this surveillance photo of the September 14 burglary at Bowman's Gun Shop in Gouverneur (Source: New York State Police)

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (WWNY) - Three Fort Drum soldiers are being held without bail in connection with last month’s break-ins at two St. Lawrence County gun shops.

The suspects are identified as 22 year old Rian Patterson, 20 year old Devin Diggs and 20 year old Tyrease Kimmons.

Patterson and Diggs are both charged with with stealing firearms from federally licensed firearms dealers and conspiring to do so.

Kimmons is accused of knowingly receiving and possessing stolen firearms.

The three were arrested in connection with Sunday’s break-in at Graham’s Gun Shop in DeKalb Junction and the September 14 burglary at Bowman’s Gun Shop in Gouverneur.

Officials said 10 firearms were taken during the burglaries.

If convicted of the charges, the men face up to 10 years in prison, a maximum fine of $250,000, and up to 3 years of supervised release.

According to court papers (seen below), video surveillance footage from both stores shows two intruders, wearing masks and gloves, forcing their way into the shops.

The documents said a witness saw two people fleeing Graham's Gun Shop and told investigators they heard what sounded like a vehicle starting and then leave the area.

St. Lawrence County Sheriff’s Detective Rick Engle was able to track down a car and license plate number through the state Department of Criminal Justice Service’s License Plate Reader system, the papers said.

Records showed the car belongs to Devin Diggs, a Fort Drum soldier, according to the complaint.

The court papers said Patterson was then implicated in the burglaries during an unrelated health and welfare check at his barracks on Fort Drum. According to the documents, guns and ammunition reported stolen from Graham's Gun Shop were found in Patterson's desk.

The complaint said Patterson and Diggs admitted to burglarizing the shops and and bringing some of the stolen items to Kimmons' Evans Mills home.

Kimmons admitted, according to court documents, to speaking with Patterson and Diggs about burglarizing the two stores, but denied helping them plan it. In the papers, he also admitted to storing the guns and ammo Patterson and Diggs brought to his home as well as keeping two firearms for himself.

The complaint said Kimmons allowed investigators to search his home and stolen guns were found under a mattress.

This case was investigated by the United States Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, U.S Army Criminal Investigation Division, the St. Lawrence County Sheriff’s Department and the New York State Police.

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