Fred Meyer gun theft results in 10-year prison term

SEATTLE (AP) — A Monroe man who stole 29 firearms from a Fred Meyer store in Snohomish and sold them to criminals was sentenced to 10 years in prison.

According to court records, Matthew Elshaug used a crowbar to break into the store in late 2013. After he took the guns, his then-roommate Casey Yount sold them for money and drugs.

Acting U.S. Attorney Annette Hayes says Elshaug pleaded guilty to a list of firearms theft charges in October. He'll spend three years on supervised release once completes his prison term.

Hayes says Yount was sentenced in December to three years in prison for possessing and selling stolen firearms. Elshaug was sentenced on Friday.

She says law enforcement has only recovered nine of the 29 stolen guns.