Feds charge two suspects in Braceville gun theft
Federal authorities have charged two of the four suspects arrested in connection with Monday's break-in and theft of 34 guns from the Rattlesnake Hill Sporting Goods store in Braceville.
Daquantae Kimbrough, 24, and 28-year-old Brendon Nichols are each charged with one county of stealing from a federally licensed firearm dealer.
According to the Trumbull County Sheriff, Jalen McCall and a fourth as yet unnamed suspect have been arrested, but not yet charged.
Affidavits filed in federal court say that Kimbrough bought ammunition with his credit card at Rattlesnake Hill when he and two other men went there on the afternoon before the break in.
Kimbrough, Nichols, and three other men allegedly returned to the store with a pair of bolt cutters early Monday to break in and steal the firearms.
Tracing the Red Saturn Vue used during the burglary to Nichol's mother, investigators say Nichols was driving the Saturn when it dropped off Kimbrough at the Mahoning County jail on Monday where he met with his girlfriend who is an inmate there.
An undercover agent says when he tried to pull the Saturn over in Mill Creek Park, the car sped away and disappeared after a chase.
Kimbrough was arrested as he was leaving the jail and according to the affidavit, confessed to taking part in the Rattlesnake Hill burglary.
Learning that Nichols and Kimbrough were Facebook friends and that Nichols was staying with his girlfriend on Baymar Drive in Boardman, a neighbor told agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms that a Red Saturn View was inside the home's garage.
After Nichols refused to come out of the home, saying he would rather shoot himself than return to prison, agents convinced Nichol's mother to call his phone and convinced him to surrender.
Agents say Nichols told them that rifles and shotguns taken during from the store were in an upstairs bedroom closet of the home.
A search turned up four rifles and two shotguns in the closet, and four semi-automatic pistols in the basement.
A pair of bolt cutters were recovered from the garage.
Nichols admitted parking his mother's Saturn in the garage to keep it out of sight and even shaved his beard to confuse investigators about his identity, according to the affidavit.
During a video hearing before a federal magistrate on Wednesday, Nichols was ordered to be held pending another hearing scheduled for next Wednesday.
Kimbrough is scheduled to make an initial court appearance at 11 a.m. Thursday.
The Trumbull County Sheriff's Office tells 21 News that a total of 12 guns have been recovered.