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Hazleton Man Sentenced To 20 Months’ Imprisonment For Stealing Firearms From Sporting Goods Store

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

SCRANTON-The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced today that on July 13, Stefan Rease, age 20, of Hazleton, was sentenced by United States District Court Judge Malachy Mannion in Scranton to 20 months’ imprisonment.

In April 2016, Rease pleaded guilty to breaking in to a sporting goods store in Hazleton and stealing firearms. 

This case was brought as part of the Violent Crime Reduction Partnership (“VRCP”), a district wide initiative to combat the spread of violent crime in the Middle District of Pennsylvania.  Led by the United States Attorney’s Office, the VRCP consists of federal, state and local law enforcement agencies whose mission is to locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who commit violent crimes.

The investigation was conducted by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) and the Hazleton Police Department.  Prosecution is assigned to Assistant United States Attorney Evan Gotlob.



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Updated July 14, 2016