CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- A Greenbrier County man faces up to five years in federal prison after admitting to his role in a conspiracy to steal guns from a Lewisburg arms dealer.
David Alan Rookstool, 22, of Alderson, admitted Thursday before U.S. District Judge Irene Berger that he and two others conspired to steal firearms in November 2010, according to a statement by U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin.
Rookstool told authorities that he and two others spoke over a couple of days in late November 2010 about stealing guns from Frank's Guns and Ammo in Lewisburg, a federally licensed arms dealer.
He said he and one of the men drove to Lewisburg, but when they arrived their stolen vehicle ran out of gas.
Rookstool and the man, whose name has not been released, walked the rest of the way to the store. They made off with 20 guns and headed to an abandoned house to hide the weapons.
He and the other man then gave two of the guns to the third co-conspirator, who did not accompany them to the store because he was on home confinement at the time.
Police recovered one of the weapons, a Charter Arms .22-caliber revolver, from that man's Rainelle home. The second weapon, a .380 pistol with a laser scope, was thrown into a river after the Rainelle man's arrest.
In addition to prison time Rookstool also faces a $250,000 fine when he is sentenced on June 19.