RENO, Nev. — George Wyatt Elms and Travis Klyn made their
initial appearances today for allegedly conspiring to steal dozens of
firearms from a Federal Firearms Licensee (FFL), announced U.S. Attorney
Nicholas A. Trutanich for the District of Nevada and Acting Special
Agent in Charge Frederic D. Winston for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco,
Firearms and Explosives (ATF).
As alleged in the complaint, on February 19, 2020, Elms, 31, and
Klyn, 39, both Winnemucca residents, conspired to steal 25 firearms from
an FFL in Winnemucca. Surveillance footage from that day depicted an
individual — wearing what appears to be a clown mask — pacing back and
forth, and shining a flashlight through a warehouse. According to video
surveillance, three individuals were able to gain entry to the warehouse
by first removing a panel in the roof. They dropped down approximately
ten feet onto a nearby staircase, and then broke through a door. On
surveillance video, one individual used a pickaxe to break the glass of a
gun case, and the others loaded firearms into their backpacks.
Elms and Klyn are charged with one count of conspiracy to steal,
take, or carry away firearms from the premises of an FFL. Elms is also
charged with one count of theft of firearms from the premises of an FFL.
Elms and Klyn appeared today before U.S. Magistrate Judge Carla
Baldwin, who scheduled a preliminary hearing on April 16, 2020.
If convicted, the statutory maximum sentence for conspiracy to steal,
take, or carry away firearms from the premises of an FFL is five years
in prison and a $250,000 fine, and theft of firearms from the premises
of an FFL is 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. The maximum
statutory sentences are prescribed by Congress and are provided here for
informational purposes only. If convicted of any offense, the
sentencing of a defendant will be determined by the court based on the
advisory Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.
A criminal complaint is a formal accusation of criminal conduct for
purposes of establishing probable cause, not evidence of guilt. The
defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty in a
court of law.
This case is the product of an investigation by the ATF and the
Winnemucca Police Department. Assistant U.S. Attorney Megan Rachow is
prosecuting the case.
This case was brought as part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a
nationwide program by the Department of Justice that has been
historically successful in bringing together all levels of law
enforcement to reduce violent crime and make our neighborhoods safer for
everyone. The Department has made turning the tide of rising violent
crime in America a top priority. In October 2017, as part of a series of actions to address this crime trend, the Department announced the reinvigoration of PSN. For more information about PSN, visit www.justice.gov/usao-nv.