Wood River man charged with stealing 135 guns

WOOD RIVER, Ill. – A federal grand jury indicted a 30-year-old Wood River man for stealing more than a hundred firearms from a federal licensee, US Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois Steven Weinhoeft said.

Prosecutors allege that on February 9, Bradley Boswell stole 135 guns from Benbow City Sports, a specialized gun dealer. He appeared in federal court in East St. Louis after being arrested early Thursday morning in a pre-dawn raid.

Boswell faces an additional count of being a felon in possession of a firearm.

If convicted, Boswell faces up to 10 years in federal prison followed by three years of parole, as well as a $250,000 fine.

Boswell was ordered to remain in federal custody until a detention hearing on April 23.

The indictment described the many firearms that Boswell is accused of stealing. Everything from handguns to shotguns, to rifles, machine guns, an AK47, and even a grenade launcher.

The "vast majority" of the firearms have not been accounted for, according to the US Attorney's office. ATF agents are among those looking for them.

Wood River Police Chief Brad Wells said Boswell was one of seven people taken into custody in connection with a drug raid at a Wood River home on Rice Street about 5 a.m. Thursday morning.

Investigators thought Boswell would be at the Rice Street home. Turns out he was found at another house a couple of blocks away on Wood River Avenue.

The federal indictment also revealed Boswell was convicted of felony domestic battery in Madison County back in October 2017.   

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