How Did Selfies Get This Alleged Gun Thief Caught?
By Tom Knighton
Hollywood has always been smitten with the suave, smart criminal. From mob bosses of Prohibition to the gentlemen jewel thieves, such criminals are probably the protagonist of movies far more than they’re the antagonists. There’s just something entertaining about smart criminals.
Alleged gun store burglar Viet Trinh doesn’t look like one of those crooks by any stretch of the imagination.
According to the Denver Post:
Viet Trinh, 18, was charged Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Denver with theft from the inventory of a federal firearms licensee. If convicted, he faces up to 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine, according to federal charges.
The arrest affidavit filed by agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives provides a chilling glimpse of a growing trend in which criminals use stolen vehicles to smash into gun stores to arm themselves.
Trinh was caught after sending numerous cellphone selfies of himself armed with stolen guns to friends. In the messages, he mentioned the possibility of killing people, including police officers.
Detectives love crooks like this, don’t they?
An informant with the ATF witnessed Trinh and four other men get into a vehicle together. Shortly afterward, five men in a …Read the Rest
Source:: Bearing Arms