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Everett man pleads not guilty to firearm charges

Schreiber allegedly bought stolen items from security guard

An Everett, Bedford County, resident pled not guilty Tuesday before a U.S. Magistrate Judge in Johnstown to eight charges stemming from his alleged purchase of stolen firearms, firearm components and ammunition from a former West Virginia security guard.

The suspect, Richard Adam Schreiber, 38, was arraigned before U.S. Magistrate Judge Keith A. Pesto and was released on $10,000 unsecured bail.

Schreiber is being represented by Altoona attorney Steven P. Passarello, who requested an extension of time to file pretrial motions.

Pesto gave Passarello until Oct. 11 to file motions.

Schreiber is charged with one count of conspiracy; theft of government property; dealing in firearms without a license; possession of stolen firearms or ammunition; making a false statement to investigators; possession of a firearm transferred in violation of the National Firearms Act; possession of an unregistered firearm, and transfer of a firearm in violation of the National Firearms Act.

The indictment against Schreiber charges that between Aug. 30, 2016, and March 4 of this year, he purchased the guns and gun parts, which included discarded slides from Glock semiautomatic handguns and ammunition, from Christopher Lee Yates, who was a security guard with the National Firearms and Ammunition Destruction Branch in Martinsburg, W.Va.

Yates, it was charged, had access to the entire NFAD facility where he worked for 16 years.

He admitted stealing 3,000 gun slides, and many firearms, including several machine guns, from the facility, which was a place where guns used in crime, and, by representatives of federal agencies, were sent for destruction.

Yates is alleged to have sold some of the items he took to Schreiber.

When arrested, agents from the U.S. Alcohol Tobacco Firearms and Explosives agency took nine firearms from Yates and 11 firearms from individuals who bought items from Yates.

The agents, in arresting Schreiber, seized 101 firearms, 1,352 slides and 123,000 rounds of ammunition.

They confiscated another 28 firearms from individuals to whom Schreiber allegedly had sold the weapons.

The investigation into the scheme operated by Yates began in February when the Philadelphia Police Department came into possession of a firearm during traffic stop.

They discovered the Glock .40-caliber firearm had a serial number that was traced to a weapon that supposedly had been destroyed at the NFAD.

In March, Yates came to a plea agreement with the government. He pled to two of the four original counts brought against him — receiving stolen firearms and illegal possession of government property.

The Chief Judge of the U.S. District Court of Northern West Virginia, Gina M. Groh, on Monday sentenced Yates to 10 years behind bars followed by three years’ supervision.

The judge forfeited $300,000, supposedly the proceeds Yates received through the sale of the stolen items.

The affidavit from the plea agreement pointed out that Yates had stolen 3,000 Glock slides from the NFAD.

It stated that Yates revealed he sold the slides for $30 each and the Glocks he pilfered were resold for $100 each.

He stated that he was able to steal the items because he would arrive early to work, before other employees arrived, allowing him to search for and take what the affidavit stated was federal property.

The affidavit mentions Schreiber, noting he stated Yates had sold him 15 rifles and 80 handguns, many of which had been carried by ATF agents.

“Four of the stolen firearms Yates sold to Schreiber were fully automatic machine guns. Yates also sold Schreiber bulk amounts of ammunition stolen from NFAD,” the affidavit stated.

Attorney Passarello was unavailable for comment Wednesday.

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