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Alleged Raleigh gun store thief was on probation

Posted May 28, 2013

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— A 17-year-old arrested Saturday for breaking into a gun store was serving probation on a previous breaking and entering charge, and faced 21 criminal charges for an earlier break-in at the same store, according to court records.

Jvon Plas Sneed, of 3549 Meadow Ridge Drive, had a first court hearing Tuesday on charges he stole 15 handguns from Eagle 1 Supply gun store and shooting range on Saturday.

Sneed is a junior at Enloe High School in Raleigh.

Teen charged with two gun store thefts Teen charged with two gun store thefts

Officers arrested Sneed, who was wearing a dark jacket and carrying the guns in a duffle bag, shortly before 2 a.m. Saturday. According to investigators, Sneed also stole 19 handguns from the store in a robbery on May 11. 

He faces 34 counts of larceny of a firearm, each count carrying a maximum possible penalty of 39 months in prison.

Store owner Kevin Johnson said the thief got in through an air vent and targeted the most expensive guns.

"Once he got in here, he tipped over the cabinets and proceeded to break the glass and then stuffed the guns in a backpack," Johnson said. It was caught on surveillance video.

In April, Sneed pleaded guilty to one breaking and entering charge and was convicted on another. He was sentenced to 24 months supervised probation. Those felony convictions led arresting officers to add charges of possession of a firearm by a felon to the charges from this weekend's break-in.

Sneed was being held at the Wake County Jail on $750,000 bond. His next court date is June 17.

"Obviously it's devastating, and it makes you very angry," Johnson said. He estimated it would cost $95,000 to replace the stolen guns and clean up his store.

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  • Scubagirl May 31, 2013

    perhaps this time probation should NOT be an option!!!! He obviously WANTS to be in prison.

  • Relic May 31, 2013

    Surprise! Surprise! Like the murder suspect that was "under house arrest"? But the current budget from the "tough on crime GOP" that I usually support wants to CLOSE three juvenile centers, four prisons and hire MORE probation officers? What is up with that?

  • yankee1 May 31, 2013

    Maybe we should start treating criminals like criminals instead of poor babies who just got hooked up with the wrong crowd? When will we fix the probation system that seems to lose more people than they keep track of? How many recent crimes have been committed by repeat offenders or probation violators? Yet somehow the bleeding heart wing nuts always blame the victims before they blame the criminal or the justice system. Really?

  • Huey May 31, 2013

    I just think that gun stores should have extra special security considering what they have in stock - guns and ammo. It is not their fault if they get robbed, but they should do more than a locked door and keep out sign.

  • anythingshiny v2 hotfix 3 May 30, 2013

    Huey, by your logic you should brick up your windows because I could break them to get in. Never mind what I would be doing would be...oh...I don't know...ILLEGAL! But it would be YOUR fault for not stopping me, correct?

  • zenonx6 May 30, 2013

    Ahh,, I bet if you put his tail some where in a ditch slinging a bush axe for a few years he might change his ways.

  • Huey May 30, 2013

    I say either increase security at the store or get out of the business. He "crawled in through the vent"? Give me a break. A gun store can and must do better than this. Put a steel grill in that vent for one thing. Fine out what the other gun stores in town that haven't been broken into are doing.

  • driverkid3 May 30, 2013

    jackflash123::::Why is it that 'impractical' always breaks in favor of the most extreme gun nuts' position? I mean, it's impractical to lock guns up, impractical to register guns, impractical to improve background checks, and impractical to create any new gun laws when enforcing current gun laws would cover it... Oh, and it's impractical to enforce current gun laws... Oh, and current gun laws are impractical anyway b/c criminals don't follow laws... While we're at it, since only criminals break any laws, all laws are therefore impractical.

    Do you REALLY think like this? If you do, please don't come near me.

  • driverkid3 May 30, 2013

    Judging by what I read in the story, there is no law under the sun that would have stopped this man. Even worse, some of you want him to be "understood" or given a light sentence, yet a person that wants to LEGALLY own a gun is vilified! Am I the only one that thinks something is wrong with this? Also, some are blaming the store owner for "not locking up the guns." THIS MAN HAD NO BUSINESS STEALING FROM THE STORE! Why don't you understand this? What is it that makes the store owner wrong and the thief escapes blame because the owner can't afford a huge vault? Someone, please explain this to me.

  • determined2win May 30, 2013

    The perp faced 21 charges from a previous break-in at same store, was caught on surveillance video doing same thing again, yet is STILL considered an ALLEGED thief?

    Really?

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