Final Defendant Pleads Guilty in Case Involving 58 Firearms Stolen From Gun Store

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DAYTON – -( Three Dayton men have admitted in federal court that they conspired to steal 58 firearms from Target World in Sharonville in June 2018.

Lamont Hancock, 22, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Dayton yesterday afternoon. Miyauhn Vineyard, 21, pleaded guilty in January 2021 and Michael Sanford, 26, pleaded guilty in February 2021.

According to court documents, on June 17, 2018, the co-conspirators parked in an adjacent parking lot and cut off an exterior door lock to the store. The individuals then smashed display cases in the retail area of the store and stole 58 firearms.

Two days later, the ATF recovered 10 of the firearms through a third-party sale.

Each of the defendants pleaded guilty to conspiring to steal firearms from a federal firearms licensee, a crime punishable by up to five years in prison.

This case is being prosecuted as part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), the centerpiece of the Department of Justice’s violent crime reduction efforts. PSN is an evidence-based program proven to be effective at reducing violent crime. Through PSN, a broad spectrum of stakeholders work together to identify the most pressing violent crime problems in the community and develop comprehensive solutions to address them. As part of this strategy, PSN focuses enforcement efforts on the most violent offenders and partners with locally-based prevention and reentry programs for lasting reductions in crime.

Vipal J. Patel, Acting United States Attorney for the Southern District of Ohio, and Roland Herndon, Special Agent in Charge, U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) announced the plea entered into today before U.S. District Judge Michael J. Newman. Assistant United States Attorney Ryan A. Saunders and Deputy Criminal Chief Dominick S. Gerace are representing the United States in this case.

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5 years for stealing from an FFL? Why not 50? They want new gun laws, how about that one? Or mandatory 10 years for using a gun in the commission of a crime?


It’s simple why that will never happen. A study showed that if you did give 10 years it would reduce crime to a unbelievable low level. Crime with guns would drop so much the communist/socialist/leftest would lose their gun control stand. Gun control would have no ground to stand on. Anytime there is a mass shooting or better if children are killed there is a crat somewhere smiling.


PS that same study showed that in 10 years the criminals mind also changes and he becomes less violent. When he is released he is less likely to commit another crime. Dems will fight those laws forever


Five years. FIVE YEARS? That’s enough time in da jioint to figure uot how to pull it off next time whtout getting caught. How about the bragged about five years for EACH FIREARM STOLEN? This is part of the problem. BATF, having taken just enough trouble to find and bust these derelicts, dropped the ball. This is no deterrent to their pals who had been thinking of knocking off anoher Ohio gun store. Now if each perp were to get five years for each gun stolen, and five years for the plot, it might have them locked up long enough… Read more »


5 years….As a former LEO I can tell you that’s just long enough for a crappy criminal to learn how to be a successful criminal. Short prison terms are often referred to as “getting a crime degree” because they learn way more inside than outside and have plenty of time to implement their new skills when they get out. That should be at least a 20 year hitch.


Where are the other 48 firearms????

Country Boy

ATF agents took them home? Did anyone notice we almost had a Lamont Sanford in jail?


It might indeed cause him to actually finally have that big one!


with atfs track record with gangs in Canada or Mexico


C’mon man! They’re now called the AFT.


Did you ever here about fireman who start fires. It’s job security we are talking here. It’s also a narrative that must be protected and nourished. When the guns are gone what will they do? They will think of something we can be sure.