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Man pleads guilty in Raleigh pawn shop burglary

Posted April 11, 2011 3:36 p.m. EDT

— A Raleigh man pleaded guilty Monday to a federal weapons charge in connection with a break-in at a local pawn shop last fall in which a cache of weapons was stolen.

Ryan Matthew Albert, 22, pleaded guilty to aiding and abetting the possession of a stolen firearm. He will be sentenced in July, when he faces up to 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

Arrow Pawn, at 2421 Crabtree Blvd., was broken into on Oct. 28, and 29 handguns were taken, authorities said.

Documents filed in federal court state that the burglar went through the ventilation system on the building's roof, dropped down through the ceiling inside the pawn shop and disconnected the security cameras.

A confidential informant told Raleigh police in January that a man was selling stolen firearms with Arrow Pawn tags on them out of his home. Police searched Albert's home and recovered eight guns, according to court records.