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Wood River man charged with stealing 135 guns from sporting goods store

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According to data from the FBI, property and violent crimes continue to decrease in Illinois, though the violent crime's are still slightly higher than the national average.

A Wood River man has been charged with stealing 135 guns from a sporting goods store last month.

A federal grand jury indicted Bradley N. Boswell, 30, on Thursday, a news release from the U.S. Attorney in the Southern District of Illinois stated. He was charged with stealing firearms from a federal firearms licensee and possessing firearms after being convicted of a felony.

According to the release, Boswell is accused of stealing the guns from Benbow City Sports in Wood River in early February.

Each of the charges he faces carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison, up to three years of supervised release and a fine of up to $250,000.

Boswell will remain in the custody of U.S. Marshals pending a dention hearing, which is set for April 23.

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Hana Muslic has been a public safety reporter for the Belleville News-Democrat since August 2018, covering everything from crime and courts to accidents, fires and natural disasters. She is a graduate of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s College of Journalism and her previous work can be found in The Lincoln Journal-Star and The Kansas City Star.

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