Source: US State of California
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Aaron Lee Patrick, 30, of Loomis, was sentenced today to five years and 11 months in prison by U.S. District Judge Troy L. Nunley for crashing a truck into a gun store and stealing at least five guns, U.S. Attorney McGregor W. Scott announced.
On October 25, 2018, Patrick pleaded guilty to theft of a firearm from a licensed dealer, and being a felon in possession of a firearm. According to court documents, Patrick stole his former employer’s flatbed truck and repeatedly rammed it into the wall of a licensed firearms dealer in Loomis, leaving two truck-sized holes in the side of the building. Patrick stole at least five firearms from the store, fled the scene, and went to the home of co-defendant and convicted felon Rocky Gordon, 63, of Colfax, where he sold Gordon four firearms for $1,000 and at least 35 grams of methamphetamine. That afternoon, sheriff’s deputies found and arrested him. In Patrick’s backpack was a fifth firearm that had been stolen from the dealer along with 35 grams of methamphetamine.
Patrick had previously been convicted of five felonies in Amador and Placer Counties including convictions for burglary and illegally possessing an assault weapon. At the time of his arrest, a California state court had issued a no-bail warrant for his arrest because he was on community supervision and had removed his ankle monitor.
Gordon pleaded guilty to being a felon in possession of a firearm and was sentenced to 18 months in prison.
This case was the product of an investigation by Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Placer County Sheriff’s Office. Assistant U.S. Attorney David W. Spencer prosecuted the case.
This case is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a program bringing together all levels of law enforcement and the communities they serve to reduce violent crime and make our neighborhoods safer for everyone. The Department of Justice reinvigorated PSN in 2017 as part of the Department’s renewed focus on targeting violent criminals, directing all U.S. Attorney’s Offices to work in partnership with federal, state, local, and tribal law enforcement and the local community to develop effective, locally based strategies to reduce violent crime. To learn more about Project Safe Neighborhoods, go to www.justice.gov/psn.