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Man gets 15 years in prison for gun store robberies

Posted March 9, 2016 3:02 p.m. EST
Updated March 9, 2016 3:40 p.m. EST

— A 24-year-old man was sentenced Wednesday to more than 15 years in federal prison for a string of gun store robberies two years ago, authorities said.

Ahkeem Donte Pratt pleaded guilty in November to conspiracy, theft of firearms from a federal firearms licensee, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and interstate transportation of stolen firearms.

Pratt and two other men burglarized several gun shops across central and eastern North Carolina between August and December 2014, stealing almost 200 firearms, authorities said. They used bolt cutters and hammers to break in, and investigators were able to obtain DNA from one of the tools left at the scene of a robbery to link the men to the crimes.

The three men drove to New Jersey twice and sold the stolen weapons, some of which were later recovered from crime scenes in North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Maryland and New Jersey, authorities said. The stolen guns were linked to various violent crimes, including rape, a robbery and a murder.