2 from Vegas charged with stealing trailer, hundreds of guns
LAS VEGAS (AP) — An ex-felon and a woman accused of being his accomplice have been indicted on federal firearm theft charges after a pickup truck and trailer containing about 375 guns and ammunition was stolen from a Las Vegas-area casino parking lot.
Court documents said the weapons belonged to a licensed firearms dealer attending a gun show.
Samual Lane Donesing, 28, and Jaemillah Eagans, 26, pleaded not guilty Thursday during initial court appearances in Las Vegas, Interim U.S. Attorney Dayle Elieson said.
Attorneys Kathryn Newman, representing Donesing, and Brian James Smith, representing Eagans, declined to comment.
Henderson police and federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives agents found the pickup and trailer in separate places in Las Vegas after the July 31 theft outside Fiesta Henderson.
The cache of weapons, ammunition, holsters and magazines was found at a house in Las Vegas where Donesing and Eagans were arrested Aug. 1.
Authorities also located a white Cadillac parked on a nearby street that had been seen on casino security video in connection with the theft, according to the indictment.
It also said Donesing and Eagans were identified from player loyalty cards that they used in the casino in the hours before the truck and trailer were stolen.
Each suspect could face up to 10 years in federal prison if convicted.
Donesing also faces a charge of being a felon in possession of a firearm.
He had four previous felony convictions in state court in Las Vegas on charges including forgery, auto theft, possession of a stolen vehicle and burglary.
Donesing remained in federal custody pending a trial scheduled Oct. 15. Eagans was put on supervised release including drug treatment.