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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Eastern District of Missouri

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Second Defendant in Wentzville Pawn Store Burglary Pleads Guilty

St. Louis, MO – BRANDON FOSTER pled guilty to charges involving his participation in the October 16, 2014, theft of firearms from Allstar Pawn in Wentzville, Missouri.

According to statements made in court, Foster, Keenan Thomas and Eugene Davis broke into Allstar Pawn at 4:15 a.m. on October 16th and stole 33 firearms -- 27 handguns and 6 rifles. On October 17, 2014, ATF attempted to arrest Foster and Thomas using three vehicles.  Rather than backing out, Thomas drove forward on the grass, turning right in an attempt to elude the agents.  He struck one of the ATF vehicles and then proceeded to back up almost striking an agent.  After one shot was fired by an agent, Thomas stopped his car.  Upon their arrest, agents recovered a Springfield Armory 9mm pistol equipped with an extended 33-round magazine on the floorboard directly under Foster. Foster admits the theft and possession of the 33 firearms from All Star and the purchasing of the ammunition and magazine from Cabela’s.

Foster, St. Louis City, pled guilty to two felony counts of being a felon in possession of a firearm before United States District Judge Catherine D. Perry. Sentencing has been set for July 23, 2015.

Co-defendant Keenan Thomas pled guilty to related charges and awaits sentencing on June 30, 2015.  Eugene Davis is facing trial and is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

Each charge carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and/or fines up to $250,000. In determining the actual sentences, a Judge is required to consider the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines, which provide recommended sentencing ranges.

This was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives. Assistant United States Attorney Tom Mehan is handling the case for the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

Updated May 7, 2015