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Getaway driver in gun thefts sentenced to jail

Desiree Taggart

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – A teen accused of being the getaway driver in a series of gun thefts has been sentenced to eight months in jail.

Desiree Taggart will also serve three years of probation with an evening curfew after her jail sentence is completed.  She is also required to complete 300 hours of community service and will have to pay back almost $21,000 in restitution with her co-defendants.

Taggart pleaded guilty in November to one count of accessory after the fact of a felony.  She had admitted to being the driver after break-ins in September at Rylee’s Ace Hardware, Bachelder Master Gunmakers, Barracks 616 and Cabela’s.  The prosecutor’s office says they determined that Taggart never left the vehicle and did not handle any of the stolen guns.

Two counts of Breaking and Entering were dropped.

Several other teens were arrested and charged in the break-ins and dozens of guns were stolen.  Several have been recovered.


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  • Noneya

    I’m tired of the anti gun nuts using every excuse under the sun to attempt to ban guns.
    These thieves would have sold the guns to criminals and they would have used them. Then the left would cry for more gun control.
    So, because these thieves would have caused harm and gave the left more cannon fodder, lock them up and throw away the key. No punishment is to harsh. Throw the book at them, no mercy.
    They should be forced to write a letter to the anti gun nut left and explain how 1) it’s not the guns fault. 2) no background checks would have stopped them and 3) it’s not lawful gun owners fault.
    They should become the poster thieves for stolen gun crimes.