VANDALIA — Prosecuting Attorney Mat Heck, Jr. announced June 9 that 17-year-old Adrian Taylor, of Dayton, has been indicted for breaking into a Vandalia gun shop and stealing 42 firearms.
Taylor on August 5, 2015, along with two others, broke into the Vandalia Range & Armory on Corporate Center Drive in Vandalia. The trio stole 42 handguns. Due to Taylor’s prior criminal record as a juvenile, a motion was filed to transfer the case to adult court.
On May 16, 2016 an amenability hearing was held, and the judge ruled Taylor was not amenable and transferred him to adult court.
In an unrelated incident, while Taylor was in custody at the Montgomery County Juvenile Justice Center, he assaulted a member of the detention center staff.
Additionally, Taylor has a prior juvenile conviction for rape, and was designated a Tier I sex offender, which requires him to register his address with authorities annually for 10 years. Taylor has failed to do so.
June 9, the defendant was indicted on:
• 42 counts of Grand Theft of a firearm from a federally licensed firearms dealer
• One count of Assault
• One count of Breaking and Entering
• One count of Failure to Verify
• One count of Failure to Notify
All of the grand theft counts, which are first‐degree felonies, also include a 1‐year gun specification, because Taylor committed a theft offense involving a firearm.
An adult co‐defendant, 20-year-old Dennis Lamar Taylor, Jr., was convicted on March 23, 2016 on five counts of Attempt to Commit Grand Theft of a Firearm, and was sentenced to three years in prison, concurrent to a 30 month prison sentence he received in a federal prosecution.
A third co‐defendant, Domenicque Allen, was also prosecuted federally.
“I want to commend the Vandalia Police Department and Detective Lawson for their hard work on this case,” said Prosecutor Heck.
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