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Serial Waterloo Area Burglar Sentenced to Prison for Illegally Possessing Firearm

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Northern District of Iowa
Convicted Felon Stole Firearm During Burglary

A convicted felon who stole a firearm during a burglary of a Waterloo truck and trailer repair shop was sentenced May 30, 2018 to more than four years in federal prison.

Patrick Ryan Lindquist, age 38, of Dunkerton, Iowa, received the prison term after a January 18, 2018 guilty plea to possession of a firearm by a felon.

At the guilty plea, Lindquist admitted he stole automotive tools during the November 2016 burglary and took the firearm he came across at the repair shop in order to “protect himself” during the burglary.  Approximately two weeks later, the loaded, stolen firearm and an automotive scanner stolen during the burglary were recovered by law enforcement at Lindquist’s residence.  Information presented at sentencing revealed that Lindquist was a serial burglar who also had served significant time in prison for possession of methamphetamine with intent to deliver.

Lindquist was sentenced in Cedar Rapids by United States District Court Judge Linda R. Reade.  Lindquist was sentenced to 56 months’ imprisonment.  He must also serve a three-year term of supervised release after the prison term.  There is no parole in the federal system.

This case was brought as part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a program that has been historically successful in bringing together all levels of law enforcement to reduce violent crime and make our neighborhoods safer for everyone.  Attorney General Jeff Sessions has made turning the tide of rising violent crime in America a top priority.  In October 2017, as part of a series of actions to address this crime trend, Attorney General Sessions announced the reinvigoration of PSN and directed all U.S. Attorney’s Offices to develop a district crime reduction strategy that incorporates the lessons learned since PSN launched in 2001.

Lindquist is being held in the United States Marshal’s custody until he can be transported to a federal prison.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Lyndie M. Freeman and investigated by the Waterloo Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives. 

Court file information at

The case file number is 17-CR-2092.

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Updated May 31, 2018

Firearms Offenses
Violent Crime