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Federal Indictment Charges Minneapolis Man In Lakeville Gun Store Burglary

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

United States Attorney Erica H. MacDonald today announced a federal indictment charging PRESLEY AARON PELTIER, 22, with stealing four firearms from a federally licensed firearms dealer. PELTIER, who was arrested on August 17, 2018, made his initial appearance earlier today before Magistrate Judge Becky R. Thorson in U.S. District Court in Saint Paul, Minnesota.

According to the indictment and law enforcement reports, on August 3, 2018, PELTIER and another individual, drove a stolen SUV into the rear entrance of a federally licensed firearms dealer’s storefront in Lakeville, Minnesota, causing significant damage. PELTIER and the other individual stole four firearms from the store, including a Beretta, model 9000S, .40-caliber semiautomatic pistol, a Ruger, model SR45, .45ACP-caliber semiautomatic pistol, a Smith & Wesson, model 5906, nine-millimeter-caliber semiautomatic pistol, and a Ruger, model SR45, .45ACP-caliber semiautomatic pistol, and fled the scene in the stolen SUV. PELTIER and the other individual then abandoned the stolen SUV in a south Minneapolis school parking lot.

This case was the result of an investigation conducted by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Lakeville Police Department, and the Minneapolis Police Department. This case is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods, an initiative that brings together all levels of law enforcement and the communities they serve to reduce violent crime and make our neighborhoods safer for everyone.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Benjamin Bejar is prosecuting the case.


Defendant Information:


Minneapolis, Minn.


  • Theft of firearms from a federally licensed dealer, 1 count
  • Possession of stolen firearms, 1 count






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United States Attorney’s Office, District of Minnesota: (612) 664-5600



The charges contained in the indictment are merely accusations and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

Updated September 20, 2018

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