Police make an arrest for Rural King gun thefts


Urbana - Two teens have been arrested for allegedly stealing two guns from a Rural King store last summer.


Police arrested Jailyne Roberts,18, and Joseph Tate,19, both of Champaign. Both were charged with the August 25 and September 3rd burglaries of the Rural King store, at 913 West Marketview Drive.


One rifle was stolen in the August burglary and 24 handguns were stolen in the second.


Robert and Tate are charged with aggravated possession of stolen firearms, they could spend six to 50 years behind bars if they are convicted.  


More arrests came to light after our partners at the News-Gazette ran a story, about seven of the stolen handguns surfacing in five recent crimes.  No one was shot in any of those circumstances.


Roberts and Tate are being held in the Champaign County Jail awaiting their arraignment on Tuesday. Their bond is set at $500,000 each.


As of today, seven of the handguns have been recovered. Police have also learned that the stolen rifle may have been sold to an individual who was unaware at that time that the rifle was stolen. This individual is described as a white male who did possess a valid FOID. Police are seeking information and cooperation regarding this individual who may have purchased a CMMG .22 caliber rifle.


Anyone with information about this crime can contact the Champaign Police Department by calling (217) 351-4545 or callers can remain anonymous by calling Crime Stoppers at 373-8477 (TIPS.)

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