19-year-old accused of stealing 34 guns from pawn shop

Associated Press
The Rolla Daily News

ST. LOUIS  — A 19-year-old man is facing federal charges accusing him of stealing nearly three dozen semi-automatic weapons from a St. Louis County pawn shop.

The U.S. Attorney's office in St. Louis on Wednesday announced a federal complaint accusing Devante Coffie of Valley Park of stealing 32 handguns and two long guns at the Southside Pawn Shop in Affton on May 31.

The complaint said Coffie and another person broke in through a second-story window after climbing onto the roof of a parked minivan. Once inside, they allegedly fired guns into glass enclosures to get access to the weapons.

The U.S. Attorney's office said Coffie suffered a cut on the broken window class. Investigators monitored social media and found that Coffie was trying to sell the stolen guns, authorities said, and one video showed bandages on his hands.

Coffie could face up to 10 years in prison if convicted. It wasn't immediately clear if he had an attorney.