Highway Patrol Arrests Six West Plains Men on Gun Theft Charges

WEST PLAINS, MO - The Division of Drug and Crime Control of the Missouri Highway Patrol says it has arrested six West Plains men in connection the theft of a very large assortment of firearms, ammunition and related items from a West Plains gun and pawn shop last month.

Capt. Luke Vislay of the Highway Patrol says the arrests are in connection with an on-going investigation of a burglary that occured on July 26 at Nick's Gun & Pawn Shop, on Porter Wagner Boulevard in West Plains.  Reported stolen during the burglary were 44 firearms, ammunition, "and numerous high capacity magazines for the firearms."

The West Plains Police/Howell County SWAT Team served a search warrant on a West Plains residence on Saturday (7/28).  During the search, one of the stolen firearms was recovered behind the residence in a wooded area.  During the next three days, officers recovered 21 more of the stolen weapons and arrested the following individuals for second degree burglary and stealing.

The suspects are identified as 23-year-old Daniel Wilson, 23-year-old Patrick Mitchell, 19-year-old Jonlue Ettinger, 17-year-old Dustin Grimm, 18-year-old Michael Greer, and 19-year-old Kevin Puckett.

On Wednesday, an investigative team traveled to Thorndale, Texas, where it located and arrested 18-year-old Joey Marcak of West Plains.  Marcak was returned to West Plains and charged with second degree burglary and stealing.  Eight additional firearms, ammunition and magazines were also recovered in Texas.