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Pittsburgh Siblings Charged with Conspiring to Steal Firearms from Federal Firearms Licensees

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

PITTSBURGH, PA – Three residents of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, have been indicted by a federal grand jury in Pittsburgh on a charge of conspiracy, United States Attorney Scott W. Brady announced today.

The three-count Indictment named brothers Jerwahn Atkins, age 23, Jerquay Atkins, age 25, and Jamir Atkins, age 21, all of Pittsburgh, PA 15212, as defendants.

According to the indictment, on or about May 30, 2020 and continuing until on or about May 31, 2020, Jerwahn, Jerquay and Jamir Atkins conspired to steal or unlawfully take from the premises of a person who is licensed to engage in the business of importing, manufacturing, or dealing in firearms any firearm in the licensee’s business inventory that has been shipped or transported in interstate or foreign commerce. According to the indictment, members of the conspiracy used a crowbar in an attempt to gain entry to Allegheny Arms, located on Library Road, in Bethel Park, PA and National Armory, located on Broadhead Road, in Moon Township, PA, using a getaway driver as a means to flee.

The law provides for a maximum total sentence of not more than five years in prison, a fine of $250,000 or both. Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed would be based upon the seriousness of the offense and the prior criminal history, if any, of the defendant.

Assistant United States Attorney Brendan J. McKenna is prosecuting this case on behalf of the government.

The Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives conducted the investigation leading to the Indictment in this case.

An indictment is an accusation. A defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

Updated September 16, 2020

Firearms Offenses