Two Kansas City-area men charged with shoplifting dozens of guns

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (WDAF) – Two Kansas City metro men are accused of ramming a truck into two gun stores and stealing dozens of guns.

Federal prosecutors charged 19-year-old Deldrick Bryant and 19-year-old Benjamin Custis with two counts of burglary of a licensed firearms dealer.

Two men have been charged with stealing guns from the Free State Gun Company in Basehor on October 16. The next day, they were accused of committing a similar crime at Up In Arms in De Soto.

According to the criminal complaint, the men broke into the stores and took 75 weapons and rifle platforms.

Investigators reviewed surveillance footage from both gun stores. According to court documents, the video shows a white Ford pickup being used to smash through the front door of the business and allow the thieves to get inside.

A criminal complaint indicates that agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) located the truck in Kansas City after the burglary and began following it.

While the officers were trying to stop the truck, the driver hit a parked car and the people in the truck fled from the collision. Kansas City, Missouri police arrested the suspects a short time later.

Detectives found several firearms in the pickup truck. The gun was reported stolen from a gun store. ATF agents searched Bryant’s home and found more stolen guns, according to court documents.

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