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Kansas Woman Admits She and Co-defendant Crashed Car into Cabela’s to Steal Guns

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

KANSAS CITY, KAN. – A Kansas City, Kan., woman pleaded guilty in federal court today to her role in crashing a car into a Cabela’s store to steal guns, U.S. Attorney Stephen McAllister said.

Brenda Tosh, 27, Kansas City, Kan., pleaded guilty to one count of conspiring to steal guns from a federally licensed firearms dealer. In her plea, she admitted that she and a co-defendant crashed a car into a Cabela’s store in Kansas City, Kan. They took long guns from the firearms section of the store and placed them into a shopping cart. According to court records, the guns included two 12-gauge shotguns, a .22-caliber rifle, a .308-caliber rifle and a .223-caliber rifle.

Law enforcement officers arrived and arrested Tosh before she could leave the store. The co-defendant was arrested later, after fleeing the store and stealing a car from a nearby dealership.

Tosh is set for sentencing Sept. 30. Both parties have agreed to recommend a sentence of a year and a day in federal prison.

Co-defendant Kyle Mendez, 29, Kansas City, Kan., is scheduled for a change of plea hearing Aug. 19.

 McAllister commended the Kansas City, Kan., Police Department, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and Assistant U.S. Attorney Chris Oakley for their work on the case.

Updated July 15, 2019