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Biddeford Man Pleads Guilty to Conspiracy and Theft of Firearms From a Licensed Firearms Dealer

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

Portland, Maine: United States Attorney Halsey B. Frank announced that Danny Rydle, 29, of Biddeford, Maine pled guilty today in U.S. District Court to conspiracy and theft of firearms from a federally licensed firearms dealer.

According to court records, on February 20, 2018, the defendant and another individual stole firearms from a federally licensed firearm dealer in Biddeford.  The theft was discovered by the Biddeford Police Department, who responded to a burglar alarm and found a broken glass door at the building’s entrance.  The responding officers used a police K9 to locate a price tag that had been attached to one of the stolen firearms.  The price tag had Rydle’s blood on it.

Rydle faces up to five years for conspiracy and up to 10 years for theft, and a $250,000 fine.  He will be sentenced after the completion of a presentence investigation report by the U.S. Probation Office.

The case was investigated by the Biddeford Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.


Michael J. Conley
Assistant United States Attorney
Tel: (207) 780-3257

Updated May 3, 2019

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