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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of Vermont

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, May 25, 2018

Newport Man Charged with Pharmacy Burglary and Firearms Offenses

The Office of the United States Attorney for the District of Vermont stated that, on May 23, Daniel Greenwood, age 42, was arraigned in United States District Court in Burlington, Vermont, in connection with a federal indictment charging him with possessing a firearm as a convicted felon in October 2017 and with committing a burglary of the Kinney Drugs in Cambridge, Vermont that same month. Greenwood, who is currently serving a sentence in Massachusetts, entered pleas of not guilty to the two charges. At the time of offenses, Greenwood had absconded from state supervision and was a fugitive during late 2017. He was arrested in late 2017 in Massachusetts and charged in connection with the offense for which is currently serving a sentence.

According to court records, the firearms possession charge relates to a burglary of a residence in Thetford, Vermont, on October 21, during which Greenwood attempted to steal the homeowner’s hunting rifle. The homeowner, however, arrived home during the burglary and forcibly took back his rifle as Greenwood was fleeing the scene. Greenwood has a prior federal firearms conviction, according to the charges. The pharmacy burglary charge is a federal crime because Greenwood is alleged to have stolen over $500 in controlled substances during the burglary, which occurred on the night of October 15 when the pharmacy was closed.

The firearms charge carries a maximum sentence of ten years in jail, three years of supervised release, and $250,000 fine, and the pharmacy burglary charge carries a maximum sentence of twenty years in jail, three years of supervised release, and a $250,000 fine. The United States Attorney emphasizes that the indictment contains merely allegations against Greenwood and that he is presumed innocent until and unless convicted of the charges. “Greenwood’s arraignment demonstrates ATF’s commitment to targeting prohibited individuals from possessing and trafficking firearms” said Kenneth Kwak, Acting Special Agent in Charge for the Boston Field Division. “ATF will continue to collaborate with our law enforcement partners to eliminate these types of crimes and keep our communities safe.”

U.S. Attorney Christina E. Nolan added: “this case reflects our commitment to prioritize prosecution of violent crime and unlawful firearms offenses. Prohibited persons must be on notice that they will be targeted for federal prosecution, especially if their conduct involves endangering Vermonters in their own homes. We will continue to work closely with our law enforcement partners at all levels to demonstrate zero tolerance for such offenses.”

The indictment against Greenwood was the culmination of a multi-agency investigation. The collaborative effort was led by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, & Explosives, the Drug Enforcement Administration, and the Vermont State Police, with the assistance of the United States Marshals Service, United States Customs and Border Protection Air and Marine Operations, the Newport Police Department, the Lamoille and Orleans County Sheriff’s Departments, and the Holyoke, Massachusetts, Police Department. Assistant United States Attorney Paul J. Van de Graaf is prosecuting the case. Greenwood is represented by Attorney David McColgin.

This case is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a program bringing together all levels of law enforcement and the communities they serve to reduce violent crime and make our neighborhoods safer for everyone. Attorney General Jeff Sessions reinvigorated PSN in 2017 as part of the Department’s renewed focus on targeting violent criminals, directing all U.S. Attorney’s Offices to work in partnership with federal, state, local, and tribal law enforcement and the local community to develop effective, locally-based strategies to reduce violent crime.

Topic(s): 
Firearms Offenses
Project Safe Neighborhoods
Violent Crime
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Updated May 25, 2018