WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) – A Wilmington man was recently sentenced to more than 11 years in prison Thursday on gun-related charges, followed by three years of supervised release, according to a spokesperson for the U.S. Department of Justice.
William Jenkins, 25, pleaded guilty in July to possession of a firearm by a felon and theft of firearms from a federal firearms licensee.
Investigators say that in October 2011, Jenkins and another man traveled to Rocky Point Guns and Ammo in Rocky Point, where they broke into a locked trailer behind the store and stole 27 firearms from the business.
Then, the pair reportedly took the firearms to Jenkins' home in Wilmington and hid them in the backyard.
The men were caught when they went back to the same store in an alleged attempt to break in again. Officers were patrolling in the area more heavily after the first break-in, and caught the men as they were parked by the store and about to enter the store.
Several of the guns have been recovered in various Wilmington Police Department investigations.
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