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Couple arrested in Clearfield Co. gun shop burglaries
By: Marc Stempka
CLEARFIELD, Pa. -- A Clearfield County couple is in prison accused in a number of burglaries involving stolen guns from area sportsman's shops.
Clearfield County District Attorney Bill Shaw said at a press conference Wednesday that Brett Andrew Moore, 25, and Nicole Elaine Moore, 24, both of DuBois, were arrested and facing several burglary and firearms related charges in the cases investigators called "Operation Sportsmens Delight."
Police said the Moore's were responsible for three break-ins and thefts last year, including L.B. Toney's Alamo Gun Shop on Beaver Drive in DuBois on Aug. 28, and at Bob's Army and Navy on East Market Street in downtown Clearfield. Bob's Army and Navy was hit by the pair on Sept. 8 and 12.
Several guns were stolen in the incidents, where the two smashed door windows to get inside the businesses, police said. The burglaries were caught on surveillance video.
Shaw said Nicole acted as the getaway car driver and Brett was seen on surveillance video inside of the stores. The couple allegedly took nine handguns from L.B. Toney's and 14 handguns from Bob's Army and Navy.
Shaw said tips helped lead to the arrests, but also the efforts of area law enforcement and the help of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.
"Gun thieves threaten the safety of our community by peddling illegal firearms into the illegal marketplace, and ultimately criminals," said ATF Special Agent-In-Charge Sam Rabadi. "The arrests announced today sends a direct message that [the] ATF will work side-by-side with our state and local partners to identify, investigate and incarcerate those who traffic stolen firearms."
Following the burglaries at Bob's Army and Navy, the store's owner made several security upgrades, including adding more security cameras, replacing the glass front windows with cement walls and adding a heavy-duty gate to the block the front door.
In addition to the District Attorney's Office and ATF, the Clearfield County Sherriff's Office, Pennsylvania State Police and the Clearfield and DuBois police departments assisted with the investigation.