Peoria Man Pleads Guilty to Stealing Guns from a Federally Licensed Firearms Dealer in Tazewell County | USAO-CDIL
PEORIA, Ill. – Zabian Hatcher, 21, of the 2600 block of Montana Ave in Peoria, Ill., Pleaded guilty today, including conspiracy to steal a federal gun licensee’s gun, break into a state gun licensee, possess stolen firearms, and the possession of firearms by a felon. The conviction is scheduled for February 10, 2022.
Hatcher today admitted in court before US District Judge James Shadid his involvement in the theft of nine firearms – including a Colt 9mm AR15 rifle with a high-capacity magazine – during the break-in of a gun store in Fall 2020.
During the amendment hearing, the government stated that at around 2:00 am on October 29, 2020, Creve Coeur officers were dispatched to a weapons store called the Thompson Trading Company after a window was broken during a break -in looking at footage of the Security camera of the store was recorded. Six people took part in the break-in, three of whom were videotaped while the firearms were stolen and three others were left outside the store.
The government said the people then fled an East Peoria police officer in a getaway car until the car hit a curb and was damaged. Six of the inmates fled and a seventh person, the driver, stayed in the vehicle and was taken into custody. Two firearms stolen by the Thompson Trading Company were seized and two other firearms from the break-in were found in a nearby driveway. Zabian Hatcher’s ID card was found in the car.
The government found that shortly after investigators found out that an Uber driver picked up five of the six men involved in the break-in and dropped them off at homes in North Peoria.
According to the government’s testimony in court, Hatcher admitted that investigators were involved in the break-in by breaking into the Thompson Trading Company and stealing firearms. At the time of the break-in and possession of the guns, Hatcher had previously been found guilty of a crime that resulted in more than a year in prison.
Hatcher remains in the custody of the US Marshals Service pending conviction.
Three other suspects of the conspiracy – Tyruis Bramlett, Deondra Proctor and Devin Price – have also pleaded guilty. All have either been convicted or conviction hearings are planned. Charges against a fifth person, Jaquon Timothy, remain pending and the public is reminded that a charge is just an accusation and a defendant is deemed innocent unless proven guilty.
Agencies involved in the investigation include the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF); the East Peoria Police; the Creve Coeur Police; and the Peoria police. US Assistant Attorney Ronald L. Hanna represents the government on the prosecution.
For the offense of conspiracy to steal a licensed arms dealer, the legal penalty is up to five years in prison, a fine of up to $ 250,000, and three years of supervised release from prison.
The offenses of theft from a licensed arms dealer, possession of stolen firearms, and possession of a firearm by a felon each carry a statutory sentence of up to ten years in prison, a fine of up to $ 250,000, and three years of supervised release in prison .