20 year old Dakota R. Moss, of Centralia, was sentenced to 248 months in federal prison Friday for his part in burglarizing the Buchheit store in Centralia and stealing 39 guns and at least 1,000 rounds of ammunition. He was also ordered to pay nearly $30,000 in restitution.
Moss and a juvenile accomplice committed the burglary using a full size pickup truck stolen from Centralia High School. They rammed a locked security gate to make entry onto Buchheit’s parking lot and broke out store windows to make entry. Surveillance video showed the pair leave the scene and return to steal additional firearms and ammunition twice, making a total of three entries into the store between 2:40 and 4:00 a.m. last November 29.
Police say the pair were armed and intended to shoot anyone who interrupted the burglary, including police. Moss and his accomplice stole the firearms in order to sell the guns for profit. It was established during sentencing that Moss and his accomplice discussed selling the firearms while also participating in the ongoing rioting and looting of businesses in Ferguson, MO in the summer of 2014.
37 of the 39 stolen guns have been recovered. Anyone with knowledge of the remaining stolen firearms or the ammunition is encouraged to call local law enforcement.