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Defendants federally indicted in Ammo Shack theft case

The five men accused of stealing firearms from the Ammo Shack in May have been federally indicted. From left: Marquis Jaquan Shortt; Jasean Montrell Wright; James Paul Fairley; Kwalei Harley; and Ricky John McLaughlin Jr.

ROCKINGHAM — Five men accused of breaking into and stealing from a local gun store are now facing federal charges.

A federal grand jury indicted the defendants — Ricky John McLaughlin Jr., Kwalei Harley, James Paul Fairley, Marquis Jaquan Shortt and Jasean Montrell Wright — on Sept. 26, according to court documents filed in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina.

The men are charged with stealing and being in possession of 14 firearms stolen from the Ammo Shack on May 4.

The firearms listed in the indictment are:

  • Stevens by Savage Arms 12-gauge shotgun
  • Radical Firearms 7.62mm caliber rifle
  • Landor Arms 12-gauge shotgun
  • Smith & Wesson .22 caliber rifle
  • Century Arms 12-gauge shotgun
  • American Tactical 5.56mm handgun
  • Radikal Arms 12-gauge shotgun
  • Sturm Ruger and Co. 9mm caliber rifle
  • Two Del-Ton 5.56mm caliber rifles
  • Sturm Ruger and Co. .22 caliber handgun
  • Rock Island Armory 12-gauge shotgun
  • Century Arms 9mm caliber handgun
  • Radical Firearms 5.56mm caliber rifle

McLaughlin is also charged with being in possession of a SCCY 9mm handgun, having previously been convicted of a crime punishable by a prison term exceeding one year and is ordered to forfeit the firearm pending conviction.

Records with the N.C. Department of Public Safety Division of Adult Correction show McLaughlin served 13 months behind bars following a 2008 conviction on two counts of common law robbery.


Harley and Fairley were arrested May 7, Short on May 13, Wright on May 17, and McLaughlin May 19.
The Richmond County Sheriff’s Office and Fayetteville office of the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco Firearms and Explosives assisted in serving the federal warrants late last week.

The ATF had offered a $10,000 reward in the case.

All defendants facing criminal charges are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

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