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Chicago man pleads guilty in theft of guns from freight trains

March 28, 2017  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
Chicago man pleads guilty in theft of guns from freight trains (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

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Suspect pleads guilty in freight train gun theft in Chicago

CHICAGO (AP) — A Chicago man has pleaded guilty to charges related to the theft of more than 100 guns from a freight train on Chicago’s South Side.

Court records show Andrew Shelton pleaded guilty Friday to illegal possession of a firearm and possession of a stolen firearm. His plea declaration indicates he could face up to 11 years in prison, the Chicago Sun-Times reported.

Prosecutors say Shelton and his friends were searching trains at the Norfolk Southern Railway yards on Chicago’s South Side for shoes and clothing to steal. Instead, in April 2015, they found 318 guns from a Ruger factory in New Hampshire.

The crew took about 150 guns and attempted to sell them.

Three of Shelton’s co-defendants are awaiting trial for the theft of the firearms, while A fourth suspect is already serving a 63-month prison sentence.

Authorities have tied at least one of the stolen guns to a Chicago shooting.

Law enforcement officials say the thefts expose security weaknesses within the national railway hub.

“Unfortunately, it’s very easy for thieves to break into these train cars,” said retired U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives agent Tom Ahern. “They break in, they steal whatever items are in there.”

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