Three men arrested, charged in connection to burglaries of firearms dealers in Va.

Three men arrested, charged in connection to burglaries of firearms dealers in Va. (Photo Courtesy of Spotsylvania County Sheriff's Office)

Three men were arrested Monday in connection to the conspiracy and theft of several weapons from a federally licensed firearms dealers in Virginia, the Department of Justice reports.

According to a press release, law enforcement authorities received a tip that led to the identity of the three suspects. Over the weekend, arrest warrants were executed and Preston G. Holmes, 23, Matthew D. Jones, 23, and Daniel L. Quarles, 19 were taken into custody and charged Monday.

The trio made their first appearances in a federal court today in relation to the charges.

Holmes, Jones and Quarles "allegedly participated in three burglaries of federally licensed firearms dealers in the last 10 days," an affidavit in support of the criminal complaint reads.

On March 11, the 50 West Armory in Chantilly was burglarized, where 35 semi-automatic handguns were allegedly stolen in 45 seconds. The three men were caught on surveillance video as the crime unfolded.

Then on March 14, A.S.H. Tactical and SSG Tactical in Fredericksburg were also robbed. Police believe Holmes, Jones and Quarles are connected to the three robberies.

Each man could face a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison if convicted.

The U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) reports there has been a significant spike in the amount of licensed gun stores falling victim to criminals nationwide.

Read the affidavit in full below:

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