Four Indicted for Burglary of Asheville N.C. Firearms Dealer

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. – -( A grand jury in Asheville has indicted four individuals on federal charges in connection with the burglary of an Asheville firearms dealer, announced Dena J. King, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of North Carolina.

Vincent C. Pallozzi, Special Agent in Charge of the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), Charlotte Field Division, and Chief David Zack of the Asheville Police Department (APD) join U.S. Attorney King in making today’s announcement.

The indictment charges Jesse Lynn Williams, 33, Lyron Deshawn Greenlee, 34, and Alexa Rae Bassillo, 29, all of Asheville, with conspiracy to commit theft of firearms from a Federal Firearms Licensee (FFL), and theft of multiple firearms from an FFL and aiding and abetting. Williams, Greenlee, and Bernard Eugene Carson, Jr. 33, of Morganton, N.C., are also charged with possession of a firearm by a felon. Williams and Bassillo are also facing charges of possession of a firearm by a user of a controlled substance.

According to allegations contained in the indictment, on January 7, 2022, Williams, Greenlee and Bassillo conspired to break into and steal firearms from Carolina Guns and Gear West, LLC (Carolina Guns and Gear) an FFL located at 3106 Sweeten Creek Road, in Asheville.

The indictment alleges that Williams broke into the gun store and stole 33 firearms, while Bassillo and Greenlee served as lookouts or drivers during the burglary. The indictment further alleges that between January 7 and January 12, 2022, Carson was found to be in possession of one of the stolen firearms.

The defendants will be appearing in court on the charges before U.S. Magistrate Judge W. Carleton Metcalf.

The charges in the indictment are allegations. The defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

The ATF and APD are in charge of the investigation. The U.S. Attorney’s Office in Asheville is prosecuting the case.

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Deplorable Bill

The crimes listed here are alleged and names should not be available and, if it’s not already illegal to do so, it should be no matter what kind of dirt bags these people may be. If there is a crime of theft here and it looks like there is, added to it should be crimes against the constitution by the atfe, there lawyers and anyone who helped them. See the second amendment. The constitution give every free, un incarcerated American citizen the right and obligation to keep and bear arms. Therefore most of the listed “crimes” are not crimes. If… Read more »

Wild Bill

Respectfully, “Anyone enforcing unconstitutional law is criminal …” is not in the verbiage of Marberry. I wish that it were.

Deplorable Bill

Yes Sir, you are correct but it does mean that. Making up unconstitutional laws is exactly that unconstitutional, thus it’s illegal under the constitution. Unconstitutional laws are struck down by the supreme court making enforcement of unconstitutional laws illegal. Doing illegal things are referred to as crimes. Crime warrants punishment. Enforcing said unconstitutional law is thus also illegal and thus criminal. There are some lawyer types who visit this site from time to time, it would be nice to hear what they have to say also. There are lots of laws on the books that have no place or right… Read more »

Wild Bill

Respectfully, being categorized as a criminal is the result of a conviction. One must be convicted to be a criminal, until then one is presumed innocent.
Arm up and carry on!

Deplorable Bill

Yes Sir, that’s true, you are not a criminal until convicted of a crime. It is still criminal to commit a crime even if you are not convicted of it yet. If you see someone murder some innocent person the proper thing to do is to stop him or detain him and call the cops on him. This is built on the assumption that murder is a crime, not proof much less convicted of it. What you don’t do is do nothing. If you see the crime it’s still a crime even if there is no conviction yet. That is… Read more »




@WB – I would like to respectfully disagree.

Being a felon requires being convicted of a felony crime. Of course being a convict requires conviction.

Being a criminal is a more casual term and refers to anyone who engages in crime.

Don’t know how accurate it is, but in TV or movies cops always look at someone’s record – including unproven accusations of criminal wrongdoing. While I consider most TV to be nonsense, I can certainly understand being biased by accusations whether founded or not.

Wild Bill

Ok, but lets not go by TV and movies. So what part of “… being categorized as a criminal is the result of a conviction.” do you disagree with?


You left out the DoINJ and ATF/ATFE/BATFE has REFUSED to prosecute the POSSESSION of a WEAPON by Hunter Bidet while he is a SELF ADMITTED DRUG USER!

Deplorable Bill

Yup, they can’t have it both ways. Laws are for everyone or they are for no one. Law for thee but not for me. Hunter will/is destroying himself and the big guy is helping him by not disciplining him.

Arm up and carry on


“Laws are for everyone or they are for no one.”

Last edited 1 year ago by JSNMGC

“Laws are for everyone or they are for no one.”

From the article at the link:

“As with most bad California gun laws, law enforcement is exempt. Law enforcement officers (LEOs) are free to purchase any handgun they like just as any American living outside California can.”

California law enforcement officers drive wedges – they lobby for exemption on all the ridiculous gun laws they enforce against “civilians.”


“The ATF and APD [Asheville Police Department] are in charge of the investigation.”