SOUTH MISSISSIPPI (WLOX) - Sentencing has been postponed for the three alleged masterminds in a conspiracy that netted nearly 50 guns from a Moss Point home. Seven months after the burglary, ATF agents are still actively searching for more than 35 of the stolen firearms.
"Every weapon that is taken out of legitimate commerce and moved into illegitimate commerce through a criminal act, such as theft, is a danger to society," Gulfport ATF Resident Agent in Charge Jason Denham said. "It's unregulated at this point. It becomes an illegal weapon, and by the very nature of these types of cases and investigations, you have individuals who are typically prohibited from possessing guns that get their firearms in this way."
Denham said agents are not giving up the search for the remaining stolen weapons.
"As the investigation has progressed and continued, we have identified many individuals that were involved in this criminal conspiracy. Many of those individuals have already been arrested and brought in through prosecution, and we are still seeking information," Denham said.
So far, eight people have pleaded guilty for their roles in the stealing and selling of the guns. Three of them recently learned their fate.
Aubrey Knox will spend the next four years in prison. Jessica Romero will spend the next 12 months behind bars, and Catina Towne-Henderson must spend the next year confined to her home. Sentencing for the other five has been postponed.
"It's important for us to take action against these individuals who we know are unlawfully possessing weapons, because of that implicit idea in our head that they may be trying to commit violent crimes with these weapons," Denham said.
If you have any information on the stolen guns, you are asked to call your local police, Crime Stoppers at 1-877-787-5898 or ATF in Gulfport at 228-575-6501. If you wish, you can remain anonymous.