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Greenbrier County man pleads guilty to theft of firearms

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BECKLEY, W.Va -

A Greenbrier County man pleaded guilty to conspiracy to steal firearms from the premises of a federal firearms licensee, according to U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin.

David Alan Rookstool, 22, of Alderson, admitted that from sometime prior to November 21, 2010 until November 22, 2010; he and two other people conspired to steal firearms from a federally licensed firearms dealer in Lewisburg.

Rookstool admitted that after stealing a vehicle in November 2010, he and one other person went to Lewisburg to steal firearms. When they arrived in Lewisburg, the stolen vehicle ran out of gas. That's when Rookstool and his partner walked the rest of the way to the dealer's store to steal about 20 firearms. They hid the stolen weapons at an abandoned house.

Investigators from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, said Rookstool was involved in giving two of the stolen firearms to a third person. They said that weapon was recovered, but another gun, a pistol with a laser scope, was thrown in a river by one of Rookstool's partners during his arrest.
 
Rookstool faces up to five years in prison and a $250,000 fine when he is sentenced on June 19th.