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Local Gun Burglars Arrested 
March 13, 2014
CLEARFIELD – A DuBois couple has been charged for three area burglaries of local gun stores, where multiple firearms were stolen, during Operation Sportmens Delight.

District Attorney William Shaw Jr. identified the defendants as Brett Andrew Moore, age 25, and his wife Nicole Elaine Moore, age 24, of West DuBois Avenue, DuBois, Pennsylvania.

The operation began August 28, 2013, when the L.B. Toney’s Alamo Gun Shop located on Beaver Drive, DuBois, had been broken into, and nine handguns were stolen. On September 8, 2013 and again on September 12, 2013, the Bob’s Army and Navy Store located on East Market Street, Clearfield, was burglarized and fourteen handguns were stolen. The burglaries involved smashing the front door to the businesses during the late night hours. Video surveillance from the businesses showed one person made entry while wearing a mask and gloves. Video surveillance also established the presence of a lookout and/or driver nearby in a getaway vehicle.  

As the result of a joint investigation with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), as well as local and state law enforcement, Brett Moore and his wife, Nicole Moore, were identified as being responsible for the burglaries.

On March 12, 2014, both the DuBois City Police Department and Clearfield Borough Police Department filed criminal complaints charging the couple with multiple counts of Burglary, Criminal Trespass, Theft By Unlawful Taking, Receiving Stolen Property, Criminal Mischief, Criminal Conspiracy, Possessing Instrument of Crime and Firearms Not to Be Carried Without a License.

"Gun thieves threaten the safety of our community by peddling illegal firearms into the illegal marketplace, and ultimately into hands of criminals. The arrests announced today sends a direct message that ATF will work side-by-side with our State and local partners to identify, investigate, and incarcerate those who traffic stolen firearms.” Said ATF Special Agent in Charge Sam Rabadi.

Shaw reported that the theft of firearms is an extremely alarming situation. Every available resource was used to identify and charge the responsible parties. Shaw said, this type of behavior will absolutely not be tolerated and this case sends a message that people who consider committing this type of crime will be caught and held responsible.

Shaw noted that these cases are the result of a collaborative investigation involving the ATF, the DuBois City Police Department, the Clearfield Borough Police Department, the Pennsylvania State Police, as well as the Clearfield County Sheriff’s Office. Shaw said that "when Federal, State, County and Municipal law enforcement work together, criminals don't have a chance!"

Shaw thanked the ATF, DuBois Police, Clearfield Police, County Sheriff and the State Police for their assistance with this case.

Anyone with knowledge of a crime is asked to call Clearfield County Crime Stoppers at (800)-376-4700. All calls to Crime Stoppers are confidential. 

Anonymous tips can also be submitted by visiting the Clearfield County District Attorney web site at "www.ClearfieldDA.org" and selecting "Report A Crime".   
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