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
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
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
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".