Theft of Firearms Result in Federal Prison Sentence for Pineville Man

LAFAYETTE, La. – Salih Reed, 27, of Pineville, Louisiana, has been sentenced by
United States District Judge Dee D. Drell for the burglary of two firearms stores in Benton
and Youngsville, Louisiana, United States Attorney Brandon B. Brown announced.
Salih Reed was sentenced to 180 months in prison, followed by
6 years of supervised release. Reed was also ordered to pay restitution in the amount of
$38,148.07. Reed pleaded guilty on August 4, 2022 to two counts of theft of firearms from a
federal firearms licensee.
The charges in this case stem from two thefts from firearms stores in Louisiana. On or
about September 1, 2019, Reed stole 54 firearms from the premises of Sentry Defense located
in Youngsville. Again, on November 14, 2021, Reed and Jessica Moore stole 62 firearms from
the premises of Guns-N-Ammo, a licensed firearms dealer located in Benton, Louisiana.
“Salih Reed not only broke the law by stealing numerous firearms from two stores in
Louisiana, but he caused multiple stolen firearms to be illegally transported to other cities in
the United States,” said U.S. Attorney Brown. “The cooperation between law enforcement
agencies, both federal and those in Louisiana and other states, are what led to the arrest of
these individuals. The goal of the Department of Justice is to help reduce violent crime and
cases like these are where this begins. We will continue working with our federal and local
partners to keep violent criminals off the streets.”
Jessica Moore, 24, of Alexandria, was involved in the robbery of the Guns-N-Ammo
store in Benton, Louisiana and pleaded guilty on August 24, 2022 to one count of theft of
firearms from a federal firearms licensee. Judge Drell sentenced Moore to time served, which
began at the time of her arrest in February 2021, followed by 2 years of supervised release.
She was also ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $2,500.
The case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and
Explosives, Youngsville Police Department, Lafayette Parish Sheriff’s Office, Rapides Parish
Sheriff’s Office, Bossier Parish Sheriff’s Office, Los Angeles Police Department, and
prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Daniel J. McCoy.