Crime & Courts

Columbia men stole 75 guns from store, police say. Only 21 have been found.

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After stealing about 75 guns and robbing several liquor stores, a Columbia man is headed to prison, according to a statement from the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

Jonathan Donnell Thompson, 37, will serve four years in a federal facility after pleading guilty to charges of conspiracy to steal firearms from a federal firearms licensee, according to the statement.

In August 2016, Thompson allegedly broke into Tony’s Guns and Police Supplies in Sumter, stealing 75 handguns, according to the statement. Investigators connected the break in with burglaries at liquor stores across several counties.

At one of the liquor stores, investigators found DNA that lead them back to Thompson’s associate Cedrick K. Reddick, 26, also of Columbia, according to the statement. Police also found one of the stolen guns at Reddick’s apartment.

All in all, police were only able to recover 21 of the 75 stolen guns, according to the statement. Some were found in the possession of felons.

Thompson and Reddick were both charged in federal court with the theft from the gun store.

Thompson has an extensive criminal history, including convictions for forgery, possession of cocaine and marijuana, receiving stolen goods and driving under suspension, according to the statement. A week before the August break in, Thompson had pleaded guilty to malicious injury to real property related to an attempted liquor store burglary in Columbia.

Reddick was also sentenced to serve time behind bars, receiving seven years in federal prison.

Emily Bohatch helps cover South Carolina’s government for The State. She also updates The State’s databases. Her accomplishments include winning a Green Eyeshade award in Disaster Reporting in 2018 for her teamwork reporting on Hurricane Irma. She has a degree in Journalism with a minor in Spanish from Ohio University’s E. W. Scripps School of Journalism.