Missouri man charged in federal theft of firearms from Swansea Rural King

EAST ST. LOUIS — A 48-year-old St. Louis, Missouri man was arraigned Monday in federal court and ordered detained on a two count criminal indictment charging him in connection with the January break-in and burglary of a Swansea Rural King, during which 16 firearms were stolen.

Rodney A. Mathes is charged in the indictment with Theft of Firearms from a Federal Firearms Licensee and Possession of a Firearm by a Felon.

Evidence says Mathes and another individual broke in to Rural King, located at 2801 North Illinois in Swansea, Illinois, and stole sixteen firearms. Mathes is a convicted felon.

Mathes faces a statutory minimum sentence of fifteen years, up to an unlimited maximum term of years in federal prison if he is convicted.

The case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives and the Swansea Police Department. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Laura Reppert.