ALBANIA – A Hudson man was sentenced to 8 1/3 years in prison in federal court for assisting and facilitating the theft of firearms from Zero Tolerance Manufacturing, a government-licensed arms dealer in Ghent.
Austin Suarez, 26, was also sentenced to three years’ custody after release.
Suarez pleaded guilty on January 11, 2021. As part of his plea, he admitted that he and his co-conspirator Duane Thompson had agreed on February 18, 2020 that Thompson would break into Zero Tolerance Manufacturing and steal firearms.
Suarez helped Thompson obtain a lever bar and radios to use during the break-in.
That evening, Suarez drove and dropped Thompson in front of the store. He knew Thompson would break in, steal firearms, and return to Suarez’s car with the stolen weapons.
Thompson stole five AR rifles, returned to Suarez’s car, and left the area.
Thompson, 26, pleaded guilty to stealing the guns in October 2020 and was sentenced to 24 months in prison.
The stolen rifles were recovered.
The case was investigated by ATF, the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office, and the Greene County Sheriff’s Office, with assistance from the US Marshals Service and the State Police, and was followed up by U.S. Assistant Attorney Emmet O’Hanlon.
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