DENVER — One of many thieves behind a smash-and-seize type theft within the Denver metro space has been arrested, and police say they owe credit score to social media and a involved witness.
Officers say Viet Trinh, 18, now faces federal costs of theft from the stock of a federal firearms licensee. The cost carries a penalty of as much as 10 years behind bars and a advantageous of as much as $250,000.
Info of the arrest surfaced on the identical day that yet one more gun retailer smash-and-seize was introduced, and the development is a rising concern for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF).
Like most of the lately reported burglaries, Trinh is accused of stealing weapons from Shooter Prepared, together with three different individuals who have been wearing hoodies, masks and gloves on Nov. 10, 2016.
The group allegedly used a rock to interrupt the entrance door after which pilfer 25 weapons from contained in the enterprise.
Official investigation started that night time, however an arrest warrant was solely filed by ATF brokers final Thursday after they complied sufficient proof.
An arrest affidavit particulars how the ATF superior their investigation when a involved witness, who ultimately turned a confidential informant for the ATF, approached police and informed them the names of 5 individuals concerned within the smash-and-seize.
Police then tracked the actions of the suspects on-line, once they say they noticed Trinh, who used the alias Kyle Zimmerman, publish a number of selfies with the stolen weapons on-line.
Trinh allegedly tried to promote the weapons to associates and acquaintances, some who needed to purchase the weapons for under board makes use of.
Brokers say they ultimately have been capable of monitor down Trinh and query the younger man, at which era he turned indignant and shouted at authorities after they requested him to assist recuperate the stolen weapons.
Brokers investigating the case say they used warning as a result of in his Fb messenger historical past, he had expressed the will to kill police prior to now.
Ultimately, police booked Trinh, together with others within the case who’ve been recognized as minors, and prosecutors issued expenses.
Prosecution is in search of imprisonment if Trinh is discovered responsible, nevertheless paperwork haven’t but been made out there on the opposite defendants.
A trial is predicted to take 5 days when it’s scheduled.