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HILLSVILLE — A man caught by Hillsville police during a break-in at Gardner’s Pawn Shop last September has received a sentence of 48 months in prison, according to U.S. District Attorney Timothy Heaphy.
Luke Adam Thompson, 29, of Murray, Ky., appeared in federal court in Abingdon on May 21 for sentencing, after earlier pleading guilty to gun-related charges.
Thompson was caught after the Hillsville Police Department received a report of a breaking and entering in progress at the pawn shop on Sept. 17, 2011, at about 1 a.m., according to the news release from the federal court.
Responding police officers found the front door of the pawn shop broken in, the news release said. The officers apprehended Thompson as he attempted to flee on foot from the back door.
“Thompson was attempting to steal firearms,” the news release said. “When officers first spotted him, Thompson was carrying two firearms he had stolen from inside the shop and he had placed four additional firearms into a bag.”
Hillsville worked with the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives on the resulting investigation.
Thompson had pleaded guilty to being a felon illegally in possession of a firearm and stealing firearms from a federally licensed firearms dealer. His sentence handed down May 21 included 48 months in federal prison, plus paying restitution of $2,000.