ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A man is charged with stealing multiple boxes of firearms and ammunition while working for a state-owned Minnesota shipping company, prosecutors said Monday.
Jason Cikotte, of Isanti, Minnesota, is charged in federal court with possession of stolen firearms. Authorities said the thefts occurred over the course of nearly a year at XPO Logistics facilities in Fridley, north of Minneapolis.
Cikotte, 31, appeared in court last week and was released on a promise to appear in future proceedings. He is summoned for a preliminary hearing on Friday.
An affidavit said Cikotte worked overnight as a weight inspector and had “little or no” supervision on the job, according to the company’s safety officer. He would also have no reason to open the gun pallets as part of his job, the official said.
The official provided investigators with video evidence showing Cikotte removing boxes of firearms from shrink-wrapped pallets, removing the firearms from the boxes, and transporting them to his vehicle.
A search of Cikotte’s home uncovered around 40 firearms, tens of thousands of cartridges and firearm parts and accessories, authorities said.
An email sent to Kirk Anderson, Cikotte’s attorney, came back with an out-of-office reply saying he wouldn’t be available until Thursday. A phone number for Cikotte could not be found.
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