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Teen accused of gun theft faces 10 years in federal prison

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BAY COUNTY (WJRT) -

(11/09/12) - A teenager accused of stealing firearms from a Bay County gun store faces 10 years in federal prison.

Investigators say at least two of those stolen guns were used in shooting deaths.

Federal investigators list a total of 12 stolen guns, but investigators are still not sure if that's the actual number taken.

Nineteen-year-old Travis Wallschlager, a Saginaw County resident, has been arraigned in U.S. District Court in Bay City. He's charged with the theft of firearms from a licensee.

The gun store that was hit  was Williams Gun Shop in Auburn. George Krappmann of Alcohol Tobacco Firearms and Explosives says the guns were taken from the store between December 2011 and this past March, while Wallschlager was working at the store.

"We believe that these firearms were later sold to other individuals in and around the Saginaw area," he said.

Police say one of the stolen guns was found near the body of Amber DeSander in April. Investigators say she used it to committed suicide in a hotel parking lot in Saginaw County.

Another stolen gun, investigators say, was used in a Saginaw Township murder. Michael Kuhlman was hosting a poker game at his home in May when someone broke in and opened fire. Quintel West has been charged in Kuhlman's shooting - his next court date is in January.

The search continues for the other missing guns.

"We encourage them to please let law enforcement know where these firearms have gone to, the next victim could be one of their loved ones for that matter," Krappmann said.

Williams Gun Shop has moved to a new location in Auburn and a manager says that was done in part to improve security. Other safeguards have also been put in place to prevent this from happening again.

"We need to send a message to people who might think about doing this to other federal firearm licensees that this type of behavior will not be tolerated," Krappmann said.

Travis Wallschlager has been released on a$50,000 bond.

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