Lewiston man convicted of gun theft

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LEWISTON — Nearly two years since 14 guns were stolen from Pine Tree Trading on Lisbon Street, a second suspect has been convicted of the break-in.

Troy Bradley, 20, of Lewiston was found guilty in U.S. District Court on charges of theft from a federally licensed firearm dealer and possession of stolen guns. Bradley faces up to 10 years in prison.

According to prosecutors, Bradley assisted co-defendant Michael Hatch in the burglary Aug. 27. Investigators said Bradley provided Hatch with several items used to break into the business, including a pry bar, gloves and a duffel bag.

Bradley drove Hatch to the store and then drove him away after the burglary was committed, prosecutors said.

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The heist brought federal agents to Lewiston as police sought to find the suspects and round up the 14 guns that were stolen. Each of the weapons was found eventually and returned to Pine Tree Trading.

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