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Nash County Duo Sentenced After Theft of Nearly Sixty Firearms Leads to Their Arrest

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

WILMINGTON, N.C. – A Nash County man who bought and sold stolen guns from a Nashville resident was sentenced today to 130 months in prison for possessing a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime and for possessing a firearm while a felon. On August 9, 2023, Kenneth Pomeroy, a convicted felon, pled guilty to the charges. Pomeroy’s co-conspirator, Rodney Alligood, also of Nash County, pled guilty to engaging in the business of dealing firearms without a license. Alligood was sentenced to 51 months in prison on September 26, 2023. The pair were arrested following the investigation into the theft of nearly 60 firearms.

“Sixty guns were stolen and then sold on the streets which could have allowed criminals to bypass background checks and get their hands on weapons to be used in violent activity,” said U.S. Attorney Michael Easley. “Gun traffickers who fuel violence by pushing stolen weapons into the community will face hard time in federal prison.”

"This case is a great example of how partnerships between local and federal law enforcement agencies take violent offenders off of the streets in our county,” said Nash County Sheriff Keith Stone. “Criminals like these two defendants are contributing to the potential for illegal guns to end up in the wrong hands and be used for violence. I would like to personally thank the U.S, Attorney's Office and the law enforcement officers involved for their hard work and dedication to making our communities safer each day."

According to court documents and other information presented in court, on May 28, 2022, a Nashville man witnessed Alligood, 33, removing firearms from a neighbor’s locked outbuilding and called the police. The police contacted the homeowner who stated that nearly 60 of her late-ex-husband’s firearms had been stolen from the outbuilding, including pistols, revolvers, rifles and shotguns. She suspected Alligood of the crime, and a review of GPS ankle-monitoring data confirmed that Alligood, who was on active probation at the time for possession of drug paraphernalia, was in the vicinity at the time of the crime. Further review of ankle-monitoring data led authorities to Pomeroy, 38, as Alligood went directly from the crime scene to Pomeroy’s house to sell him the stolen firearms. Law enforcement executed a search warrant on both Alligood and Pomeroy’s residences and recovered stolen firearms at both locations. At Pomeroy’s they also recovered a distributable amount of methamphetamine and fentanyl. Pomeroy admitted to dealing methamphetamine and fentanyl and to purchasing more than twenty firearms from Alligood and then reselling them in Fayetteville. Neither Pomeroy nor Alligood had a license to legally sell firearms.

Michael Easley, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina made the announcement after sentencing by Chief U.S. District Judge Richard E. Myers II. Nashville PD, Nash County Sheriff’s Office, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives investigated the case and Assistant U.S. Attorney Phil Aubart  prosecuted the case.

Related court documents and information can be found on the website of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina or on PACER by searching for Case No. 5:23-CR-68-M-BM.

Updated December 15, 2023

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