Eighteen-year-old Colorado student Viet Trinh is being accused of burglary after sharing images of himself with stolen firearms on social media.
According to the Denver Post, police have also intercepted Trinh's text messages to friends in which he brags about the robbery and threatens to kill people and police.
An informant corraborated on the evidence, saying they witnessed Trinh, Chris Padilla Sr., Chris Padilla Jr., Jay Martinez and Nathaniel “Nate” Aragon in a white Honda Civic and a grey Honda hatchback — the same cars seen pulling up to the Shooter Ready gun store on security footage.
The informant was told 10 guns were stolen and divied up among the thieves.
Under the alias “Kyle Zimmerman," Trinh posted images of himself with the weapons and bragged about being savvy enough to wear gloves so as to not leave fingerprints at the store.
Padilla Jr. had an active warrant out for his arrest, leading police to aprehend him and the others after a chase. Padilla was found with ammunition, a black mask, and a pair of gloves. A Smith & Wesson .40-caliber gun that had been stolen was later discovered at his home.
Trinh's Facebook page offered evidence of other crimes as well.
“Know anyone that wants to buy a baby .40? $300," he wrote on November 11.
“I got my 9″ wit [sic] full clips. Mixed with poison hallows, regular hallows and strait meadle [sic] jackets," he wrote on December 20th.
Padilla Jr. also used Facebook to attempt to sell a 9mm for $350. Messages exchanged between the thieves indicated that they were in a gang.
After his arrest, Trinh refused to elaborate on his crimes out of fear of being labeled a "snitch." He did, however, admit the "Kyle Zimmerman" page was his.
“I feel like I’m snitchin’ on myself," he told police after clamming up about his other crimes.
Trinh is suspected of involvement with other break-ins. He was charged Tuesday in Denver federal court with theft from the inventory of a federal firearms licensee.
He faces up to 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine, if convicted.
[Photo: US District Court]
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