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Man facing 42 felonies in gun theft from Fife store

Post by Adam Lynn / The News Tribune on Dec. 30, 2011 at 4:20 pm with 6 Comments »
December 30, 2011 4:20 pm

One of two men suspected of breaking into a Fife sporting goods store and stealing dozens of guns pleaded not guilty to 42 felonies this afternoon.

David Bunta, 20, is charged with one count of first-degree burglary and 41 counts of theft of a firearm.

Superior Court Judge Gary Steiner ordered Bunta jailed in lieu of $500,000 bail.

Prosecutors wrote in court documents that Bunta and another unidentified man broke into the Sportco on 20th Street East about 3:30 a.m. Dec. 17. They made their way to the gun displays, where they smashed the glass and took 39 handguns and two rifles, court records show.

One of the thieves wore a Santa hat.

A confidential informant later told police Bunta might have been involved in the theft, court records show, and officers arrested him at his place of employment.

Bunta initially denied being involved in the theft but eventually told police he took part.

“He acknowledged wearing the Santa hat and said he disposed of it after the burglary,” court records state.

Bunta said he went home following the burglary and that’s “where the guns were dispersed,” the records show.

He refused to provide the names of other people involved in the crime, the records state.

Detectives said they recovered two of the stolen guns from Bunta’s car and house and a third from a car belonging to another man. That man, who is being held in jail on another matter, is expected to be charged with possessing a stolen firearm in the Sportco burglary, court records show.


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  1. Clarktribnet says:

    They should be able to double the sentence on each count for not naming the others. You should not be able to get away with admitting it and then not naming who you gave the guns to. Also charge him with any crime that is committed with the missing guns for ever. If someone gets killed with one ten years from now, he should be held responsible.

  2. I’ve already formed my opinion on the other person considering he is currently being held in jail on “another matter”.

  3. ReadNLearn says:

    Silly person. All he had to do was go to Arizona, tell the ATF he wanted to get guns for some Mexican cartel and they’d have filled his pick up truck in a fast and furious motion.

  4. SSounder says:

    He should get extra time for wearing a Santa hat during the commission of a felony.

  5. sigger40 says:

    The sad part is we will be paying for this guy to get three meals a day. Not to mention the thousands of dollars for his medical issues.

  6. ReadNLearn says:

    Now hold on there…

    This individual has rights. If he turns in the others he might be giving up more information relating to other and more serious felonies that he committed with his crime partners and the ACLU is against criminals being held responsible for his crimes.

    Yes, he will be getting three meals a day, but during the weekdays he won’t likely be getting a hot lunch, except for the decent scratch made soup with this two sandwiches and not every prisoner takes advantage of the excellent free dental, cosmetic surgery and polarized glasses provided by to them-remember, incarcerated prisoners are the only people in the United States with a Constitutional guarantee (as interpreted by the US Supreme Court) of health care, unlike orphans and veterans who don’t have such guarantees.

    Some people act as if going to prison is an easy experience. It isn’t so they have counselors, free courses and hot and lonely, willing women volunteers to help them get through their time in prison.

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