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Suspect in theft of over 40 guns from La Crosse County shop lands in jail



An 18-year-old La Crosse man has been charged with theft and burglary for allegedly stealing guns and ammo from a store in Rockland, Wis.


Robert Benson, Jr., is one of three people suspected of crimes related to a recent break in at the Smoking Gun store on Commercial Street in Rockland. The burglary was reported shortly before 3 a.m. on April 25.

More than 40 weapons, mostly handguns, were taken from the store, along with four long rifles, and cash and raffle tickets. Another suspect, Nehemiah Sample, was recently captured in Arkansas, and a third person was arrested earlier.

Benson is in the La Crosse jail on a $5,000 cash bond. Also jailed is Nehemiah’s sister, Autumn Sample, who’s accused of receiving stolen property.

A native of Prairie du Chien, Brad graduated from UW - La Crosse and has worked in radio news for more than 30 years, mostly in the La Crosse area. He regularly covers local courts and city and county government. Brad produces the features "Yesterday in La Crosse" and "What's Buried on Brad's Desk." He also writes the website "Triviazoids," which finds odd connections between events that happen on a certain date, and he writes and performs with the local comedy group Heart of La Crosse. Brad been featured on several national TV programs because of his memory skills.

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