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Federal charges filed in stolen guns case at MS

Thursday, December 18, 2003

Staff Writer

SPRINGFIELD -- A Thayer man and woman were charged in federal court in Springfield Dec. 8 with illegally possessing stolen guns.

According to U.S. Attorney Todd Graves, the criminal complaint was filed against Matthew Bradley, 36, and Kamala Crone, 36, both of Thayer after local law enforcement officers received a tip that the pair were in possession of the guns and had been involved in the burglary of the Outback Gun and Pawn Shop at Mammoth Spring. Taken in the burglary were an assortment of shotguns, semiautomatic pistols, assault rifles and ammunition. Law officers charge the pair with attempting to sell the weapons for $3,500 Dec. 4.

The break-in at the business occurred in the early morning hours Dec. 4, and the two were taken into custody around 10 p.m.

Both Bradley and Crone were in the Oregon County jail at Alton without bail on probation violations. Crone was found guilty on an assault charge in Missouri and Bradley was found guilty of a Utah burglary. U.S. marshals picked up both of them and took them to a federal facility in Springfield Dec. 9.

The controlled buy of the guns was set up by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms and the Oregon County Sheriff's Office.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol and the South Central Drug Task Force assisted in the arrest.

According to Don Leford, public affairs spokesman with the U.S. attorney's office, both Bradley and Crone will appear before Federal Magistrate Judge James England in a detention hearing this week where it will be decided if the pair will be kept in custody or granted a bond hearing.

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