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Men Charged with Stealing Items from Southwest Airlines Cargo Facility at Reno-tahoe Airport

September 28, 2005

Reno, Nev. - Four men were indicted by the Federal Grand Jury today on charges that they stole goods from shipments at the Southwest Airlines Cargo Facility at the Reno-Tahoe International Airport in Reno, Nevada, announced Daniel G. Bogden, United States Attorney for the District of Nevada.

TROY KILPATRICK, age 32, of Sparks, Nevada, JOHNNY CLARK, age 25, of Reno, Nevada, BOBBY GANGULY, age 32, of Reno, Nevada, and DANIEL STEPHAN, age 19, of Sparks, Nevada, are charged with one count of Conspiracy and one count of Theft From Interstate Shipments. If convicted, they are facing up to five years in prison and a $250,000 fine on the conspiracy charge and up to 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine on the Theft charge.

The Indictment alleges that from approximately August 1, 2005, to September 20, 2005, the defendants conspired to steal goods from freight, express, or other property shipments in the Southwest Airlines Cargo Facility at the Reno-Tahoe International Airport, and that they knowingly and unlawfully received or had the stolen goods in their possession. It is alleged that on multiple occasions they stole items from the Cargo Facility, including cellular telephones, eight Gibson electric guitars, digital audio (MP3) players, liquid crystal display (LCD) monitors, buffalo and ostrich meat, laptop computers and other computer equipment.

At the time of the thefts, the men were employed by AIRSERV. They are scheduled to make an initial appearance in court on Thursday, September 29, 2005, at 3:00 p.m. before United States Magistrate Judge Valerie Cooke.

The case is being investigated by Special Agents with the FBI and Officers with the Reno-Tahoe Airport Police, and prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Ronald C. Rachow.

The public is reminded that an indictment contains only charges and is not evidence of guilt. The defendants are presumed innocent and entitled to a fair trial at which the government has the burden of proving guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

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