Minnesota Man Pleads Guilty to Stealing Firearms from Shipments
Minneapolis (KROC-AM News) - A Minnesota man has pleaded guilty to stealing multiple firearms from shipments destined for Federal Firearms Licensee (FFL) businesses.
Prosecutors said beginning in August 2021, law enforcement began receiving information about firearms thefts from shipments to FFLs. On March 9th, 2022 the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives was contacted after 11 firearms were stolen from a recent shipment that was carried by XPO Logistics.
ATF agents later obtained surveillance video showing Jason Cikotte of Isanti removing the firearms from pallets. Cikotte was then working as a weight inspector for the company.
According to court documents, law enforcement executed a search warrant at Cikotte’s residence and found the 11 stolen firearms, as well as other firearms and accessories. Agents determined that Cikotte had stolen a total of 185 firearms from pallets.
Cikotte pleaded guilty to one count of theft of firearms. A sentencing hearing is scheduled for November 17th.