Primghar Man Sentenced In Connection With The Theft Of 55 Guns

Mon 3-9-2020

(Sioux City)-- A Primghar man has been sentenced in connection with the theft of 55 guns.

45-year-old Thomas Ginger, Jr. was sentenced last week to more than a year in federal prison after pleading guilty to one count of possession of a firearm by a felon and one count of possession of a stolen firearm. Ginger had previously been convicted on a federal charge of gathering for the use of drugs. He also has four OWI convictions.

Information presented during federal court proceedings showed that when Ginger learned of his father's death, he left his grieving family at the hospital, drove nearly two miles to his mother's home, and kicked in a door. Once inside Ginger broke through another door in the residence and stole 55 guns that had belonged to his father's federally licensed firearms business. Court documents say Ginger also stole $7,700 in cash and a briefcase that contained a coin collection. He hid the guns in a car at one person's home and hid the money underneath a sink at his home. When law enforcement confronted Ginger about the crime he initially lied about his whereabouts and involvement. He confessed after the weapons were discovered.

Ginger was sentenced to 18 months imprisonment and must also serve a three year term of supervised release after the prison term.