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U.S. Attorney’s Office Charges Two with 2022 Gun Store Burglary

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

DANVILLE, Va.– A federal grand jury in Danville, Virginia returned an indictment in August charging a pair of men with robbing a Federal Firearms Licensee (FFL) in 2022.

The grand jury charged Bradley Wayne McCraw, 43, of Gaffney, South Carolina, and Justin Darrell Whitaker, 30, of Cleveland County, North Carolina, with breaking into the Rabbit Ridge Gun Shop and Range in Ararat, Virginia in the early morning hours of September 22, 2022, and stealing at least 13 firearms from the business’ inventory.

McCraw and Whitaker are each charged with one count of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, one count of knowingly and intentionally stealing firearms from an FFL, and one count of possession of stolen firearms.

U.S. Attorney Christopher R. Kavanaugh and Craig B. Kailimai, Special Agent in Charge of the Washington Division of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, made the announcement.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is investigating the case with assistance from the Patrick County Sheriff’s Office. The Sheriffs’ Offices in Cherokee County, South Carolina, Spartanburg, South Carolina, and Cleveland County, North Carolina also have assisted with the investigation.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Kristin B. Johnson is prosecuting the case.

An indictment is merely an allegation, and all defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

Updated September 18, 2023

Firearms Offenses