Third Brother Sentenced for Conspiring to Steal Firearms


PITTSBURGH, PA – A resident of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, has been sentenced to 12 months and 1 day of imprisonment with 3 years’ supervised release on a charge of conspiracy, United States Attorney Stephen R. Kaufman announced today.

United States District Judge W. Scott Hardy imposed the sentence on Jamir Atkins, age 22, formerly of Buente Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15212.

In connection with the guilty plea of brothers Jerwahn Atkins, Jamir Atkins, and Jerquay Atkins, the court was advised that on May 31, 2020, the Atkins brothers conspired to steal firearms from federal firearm licensee, Allegheny Arms and Gun Works. The Atkins’s used a crowbar in an attempt to gain entry to the gun store which triggered a burglary alarm. This alarmed caused the brothers to run away to which Jerquay and Jerwahn left the scene in the same vehicle while Jamir departed in a separate vehicle, not arriving at the next crime scene. Jerquay Atkins and Jerwahn Atkins then drove to the National Armory in Moon Township, also a federal firearm licensee. A crowbar was again used to pry open the door triggering the burglary alarm causing the two brothers to flee once more.

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

The Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives conducted the investigation that led to the prosecution of Jerwahn Atkins, Jamir Atkins, and Jerquay Atkins.


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