Alleged gun theft by federal guard prompts call for probe

March 21, 2019

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. (AP) — A former federal guard accused of stealing firearms from a Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives’ disposal facility has prompted a U.S. senator to call for an investigation.

The Charleston Gazette-Mail reported Wednesday that Republican Wisconsin Sen. Ron Johnson wants an investigation into the West Virginia facility and how it disposes of firearms. Johnson is the chairman of the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports he wrote a letter to ATF Deputy Director Thomas Brandon this week and asked for a probe into the theft, giving a deadline of March 26.

Fifty-two-year-old Christopher Lee Yates, of Martinsburg, is accused of stealing guns and ammunition from the facility in February. He was arrested this month on charges including possessing and selling stolen firearms.


Information from: The Charleston Gazette-Mail, http://wvgazettemail.com.