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St. Louis Man Pleads Guilty to Stealing Guns out of St. Louis County Police Cars

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Eastern District of Missouri

St. Louis, MO – Joshua John Pollard, 20, of St. Louis, pled guilty to three counts of possessing stolen firearms.  He appeared in federal court this afternoon before U.S. District Judge Henry Autrey. 

According to court documents, on January 12, 2018, Pollard broke the windows of a St. Louis County Police vehicle and forcefully stole a Colt AR-15, fully loaded with a 20-round magazine and a Remington 870 pump action shotgun loaded with four rounds.

On January 29, 2018, Pollard broke a window of a second St. Louis County Police vehicle and forcefully stole a Rock River, AR-15 and a Remington 870 pump action shotgun.

On January 30, 2018, Pollard broke the window of a vehicle and stole a 40-caliber Glock model G23 generation 4 semi-automatic firearm.  Investigation by members of the St. Louis County Police Department led to the arrest of Pollard on February 1st who admitted breaking into the two police vehicles and another vehicle in St. Charles.

“I greatly appreciate the hard work by all those who brought about the swift and successful conclusion to these investigations,” Colonel Jon M. Belmar, Chief of Police, said. “It is a fine example of the great collaborative work between local and federal authorities that we enjoy here in the St. Louis Region.”

Pollard faces up to 10 years’ imprisonment, a $250,000 fine or both on each count. Restitution to the victim is also mandatory. Sentencing has been set for October 30, 2018.  In determining the actual sentences, a Judge is required to consider the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines, which provide recommended sentencing ranges.

This case was investigated by the St. Louis County Police Department.  Assistant United States Attorney Tom Mehan is handling the case for the U.S. Attorney's Office.

Updated July 31, 2018

Firearms Offenses