Mark Hunter, of St. Louis, was sentenced to six months in prison and three years of probation, the newspaper reported.
A Southwest Airlines passenger reported his pistol missing from his baggage. Federal agents compared the dates of other firearm thefts to Southwest’s employee schedules.
“Records indicated that Hunter was working and had access to baggage from which other guns had been reported stolen,” the Department of Justice wrote.
Hunter was interrogated by federal employees and confessed to the theft of five firearms from the checked luggage he handled while working at the St. Louis airport.
An investigation into the thefts was conducted by the Manchester Police Department, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Department of Homeland Security and the Transportation Security Administration.
Lee Williams, who is also known as “The Gun Writer,” cofounded Armed American News. Lee is also the chief editor of the Second Amendment Foundation’s Investigative Journalism Project, and serves on the board of Florida Carry, Inc. Until recently, he was an editor for a daily newspaper in Florida. Before becoming an editor, Lee was an investigative reporter at newspapers in three states and a U.S. Territory. Before becoming a journalist, he worked as a police officer. Before becoming a cop, Lee served in the Army. He’s earned more than a dozen national journalism awards as a reporter, and three medals of valor as a cop. Lee is an avid tactical shooter.