Sprindale Man Sentenced To 10 Years In Federal Prison For Burglarizing A Federal Firearms Licensee
Fayetteville, Arkansas - Duane (DAK) Kees, United States Attorney for the Western District of Arkansas, announced that Chad Sales, age 31, of Springdale, was sentenced today to 120 months in federal prison followed by three years of supervised release and was ordered to pay a $2,900.00 fine and $1,000.00 in restitution on one count of theft of firearms from a federal firearms licensee. The Honorable Timothy L. Brooks presided over the sentencing hearing in the United States District Court in Fayetteville.
According to court records, on June 13, 2017, Springdale law enforcement responded to a burglary at Springdale armory in which 45 different firearms were stolen. During the investigation, officers observed Sales’ vehicle on the surveillance footage. Officers subsequently located and searched Sales’ vehicle and found six stolen guns and a suppressor. After the search, officers Mirandized Sales and he agreed to make a statement in which he admitted to stealing firearms from an armory. Law enforcement was able to recover and return the majority of the stolen firearms to the armory.
Sales was indicted by a federal grand jury in July 2017 and entered a guilty plea in September 2017.
This case was investigated by the Springdale Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. Assistant United States Attorney David Harris prosecuted the case for the United States.
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.