• Final Salem gun store robber sentenced

    by  • March 2, 2013 • News

    A Chicago man, one of four who committed burglaries of firearms dealerships in three states and arrested after the burglary of Hunting Stuff in Salem..is the last to be sentenced to federal prison for the crimes.

    Denis M. Joiner, 20, received nine years behind bars on a guilty gavel 3plea. Joiner and three other Chicago men burglarized the Salem gun shop on December 24th of 2011 and stole 124 firearms which they took back to Chicago to sell.

    Chicago law enforcement learned of their identities when joiner and a co-defendant were caught shooting firearms in the air New Year’s Day of 2012.

    Following arrests, fingerprints were taken during booking and were subsequently matched to those on a tote box left at the scene.

    The totes appeared in security videos at the Salem gun shop and security tapes at Lowe’s in Carbondale showed the defendants buying tote boxes.

    Two co-defendants have been sentenced and one was murdered while sitting in his car in Chicago on New Year’s Day or Eve 2012.