The gun-related incidents that led to the arrests were the result of an ongoing investigation by the FBI, the ATF, the Iowa State Patrol, the State Highway Patrol and the FBI’s National Center for the Analysis of Violent Crime.
The cases are being investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the State Patrol.
“It’s unfortunate that this kind of behavior has occurred in the community in recent weeks, but we are not going to let this kind and dangerous behavior continue,” said Iowa State Police Captain Steve Anderson.
“The people that were arrested were charged with a felony and are being held on $10,000 bond.
We will continue to work with the FBI to ensure that we take swift action against gun offenders.”
According to Anderson, the incidents involved individuals who purchased firearms from gun stores, but who have not been identified.
Anderson said that the gun-shop arrests were made in Iowa City, Iowa; Iowa City; Des Moines, Iowa and Sioux City, South Dakota.
According to the FBI and ATF, firearms were stolen from several gun shops in the Cedar Rapids area between June and July of this year.
In June, two suspects allegedly stole a rifle from a gun shop in the 7800 block of E. 10th Street, according to the Cedar County Sheriff’s Office.
On July 7, a man allegedly shot at a car in the 800 block of East 12th Street.
And in July, a woman allegedly stole guns from a Target store in the 1500 block of West Seventh Street.
All of the incidents occurred between June 25 and July 2.