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Man pleads guilty to crashing car into Cabela’s to steal guns

NEWS RELEASE FROM U.S. ATTORNEY STEPHEN MCALLISTER

A Kansas man pleaded guilty to crashing a car into a Cabela’s store in hopes of stealing guns.

30-year-old Kyle Mendez of Kansas City, KS, pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to steal guns from a licensed firearms dealer and one count of unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon.

In his plea, Mendez admitted he crashed a car into an exterior door of a Cabela’s store in Kansas City, KS.  He and co-defendant Brenda Tosh, 27, Kansas City, KS, took rifles from a firearms section and loaded them into a shopping cart.  When police arrived, Mendez fled from the store while police arrested Tosh.

Mendez admitted he had a .45-caliber Taurus handgun in his car during the break-in.  He was prohibited from having a gun because of a prior felony conviction.

Mendez is set for sentencing November 26th.  Both parties have agreed to recommend a sentence of four years in prison.

Co-defendant Tosh pleaded guilty and is set for sentencing September 30th.

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