Indictment: Rutherford County Sheriff's Office / ATF and Other Agencies Investigate the Theft of 37-Firearms at Gun Stores

Aug 03, 2022 at 06:08 pm by WGNS

Security camera captured the truck used in the heist in Greenbrier, TN

MIDDLE TENNESSEE - A case that involved the Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office and MTSU Police, among other departments working with the ATF (Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms), lead to three Nashville area men being indicted Monday, August 1, 2022. The trio were indicted for conspiracy to steal firearms from a federal firearms licensee (FFL), which would be a licensed gun store. In this case, they are accused of burglarizing two licensed gun stores, one in Woodbury and the second in Greenbrier, Tennessee and allegedly stealing 37-guns, according U.S. Attorney Mark H. Wildasin.

In addition to the conspiracy allegations, 22-Year-old Tyler Cunningham, 36-year-old Ryan Dillard and 23-year-old Corey Summers are also charged with possession of stolen firearms and Dillard is charged with being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm.  Cunningham and Dillard are currently in custody and Summers is currently being sought by law enforcement. 

According to the indictment, the trio burglarized an automotive repair shop in Middle Tennessee and stole a truck to use in the burglary of a licensed firearms dealer (FFL). 

The indictment alleges that on July 8, 2022, the defendants burglarized a firearms dealer in Greenbrier, Tennessee, and stole nine firearms, and on July 14, 2022, they allegedly burglarized a firearms dealer in Woodbury, Tennessee, where they reportedly stole 28 firearms. The indictment further alleges that the defendants offered to sell the stolen firearms to a third party.

If convicted, the defendants face up to five years in prison on the conspiracy charge and up to 10 years in prison on each theft and possession charge.  Additionally, Dillard faces up to 15-years on the felon in possession charge. 

This case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives; the Greenbrier Police Department; the Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office; the Cannon County Sheriff’s Office; the Wilson County Sheriff’s Office; the Robertson County Sheriff Office; the Tennessee Highway Patrol; the Metropolitan Nashville Police Department; and the Middle Tennessee State University Police Department.  Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Steven T. Brantley is prosecuting the case. 

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Corey Summers or with additional information about these crimes should contact ATF at (888) ATF-TIPS (1-888-283-8477). Information can also be sent to ATFTips@atf.gov(link sends e-mail)  through ATF’s website at www.atf.gov/contact/atftips.

An indictment is merely an accusation.  The defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. 

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