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Newport man faces federal charges in connection with Wright’s Sports Shop theft

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NEWPORT –– Tucker Jacobs, a 27-year-old resident of Newport, has been named in a criminal complaint filed with the Vermont Federal Court in connection with federal gun charges.

Jacobs was found in possession of a firearm stolen from Wright’s Sports Shop in Derby on April 15 and is accused of knowingly possessing a stolen firearm.

On April 18, Jacobs appeared in Orleans County Superior Court to face charges of resisting arrest, violation of conditions, and misdemeanor possession of stolen property related to his arrest on April 17.

Law enforcement officers discovered that the sports shop’s glass front door and a gun case had been shattered, with several firearms missing. Security footage showed a person stealing several handguns.

The following day, Newport City Police encountered Jacobs, who was known to be under court-imposed conditions, including a 24-hour curfew and a prohibition on possessing firearms.

After a brief foot pursuit, police apprehended Jacobs and found a Heckler and Koch VP9 pistol that had been stolen from Wright’s Sporting Shop.

During an interview, Jacobs admitted to violating his curfew, possessing crack cocaine with intent to sell, and taking the stolen pistol from an unattended backpack.

Jacobs consented to a search of his cell phone, which contained a deleted photograph showing seven pistols in a wooden crate, timestamped shortly after the break-in. However, a law firm representing Jacobs later revoked his consent for the search.

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