Does the punishment fit the crime for a Florida man who pled guilty to stealing 13 firearms from an Alabama gun store? 30-year old Tevin Michael Coffman admitted to stealing at least one gun, as well as possessing stolen firearms, and doing so while being barred from possessing any firearm or ammunition thanks to a felony conviction. In exchange for his guilty plea, federal prosecutors offered Coffman quite a deal, and now he’ll be spending about six months in federal prison for every stolen firearm found in his possession.
Gander Outdoors, a Dothan business authorized to sell firearms, was burglarized and multiple guns were stolen, according to court records and statements made in court.
Surveillance footage showed someone entering the store, smashing the glass casing of a firearm display counter, and removing 13 handguns. The suspect then placed the guns into a black bag and left the store.
The Dothan Police Department began an investigation and, after reviewing video footage along with other evidence, developed Coffman as a suspect. Shortly afterwards, Coffman was spotted driving a recreational vehicle (RV) that had also been stolen from Gander Outdoors.
Officers conducted a traffic stop of the RV and took him into custody. When they searched the vehicle, officers discovered the stolen firearms and other items used during the burglary. Coffman has previous felony convictions and is prohibited from possessing a firearm.