SACRAMENTO- One June 25, 2020, five people were indicted for the burglary of a Vacaville gun shop, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office. Court documents state that on June 1, police responded to reports of suspicious activity at Guns, Fishing and Other Stuff, a two-story gun and outdoor recreation store in Vacaville. Guns, Fishing and Other Stuff is a federally licensed firearms dealer. When officers responded, four vehicles fled the scene. After a high-speed chase on Interstate 80 during which vehicles reached speeds of more than 100 miles per hour, one vehicle, a rented minivan, was stopped, and its five passengers were arrested after a foot pursuit. In total, the gun store reported that more than 70 firearms had been stolen. The burglary took place during the height of civil unrest.
According to the criminal complaint, inside the minivan, law enforcement officers found bolt cutters, a power saw, and 13 handguns with price tags from Guns, Fishing and Other Stuff still attached.
“Thank you to the law enforcement officers who put their own safety at risk to apprehend these suspected criminals,” said California Statewide Law Enforcement Association (CSLEA) President Alan Barcelona. “This is a difficult time for those who have taken an oath to protect and serve and I sincerely thank them for their service in keeping us safe.”
- Donte Marcel Anderson, 31, of Antioch;
- Desteny Estrella Leilani Salazar, 22, of San Francisco;
- Donley Thompson, 27, of Pinole;
- Tracy Whitfield, 31, of Pittsburg;
- and Adrian Oscar Duran, 23, of San Francisco.
They five were charged with possession of a stolen firearm and burglary of a federally licensed firearms dealer.
This case is the product of an investigation by:
- the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives,
- the Drug Enforcement Administration,
- Vacaville Police Department,
- Fairfield Police Department,
- Antioch Police Department,
- Vallejo Police Department,
- and California Department of Justice – Bureau of Firearms.
If convicted, the defendants face a maximum statutory penalty of 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000 for both counts. The charges are only allegations; the defendants are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.