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Isanti, Minnesota’s Jason Thomas Cikotte charged with possession of stolen firearms

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Jason Thomas Cikotte, 31, of Isanti, Isanti County, Minnesota, United States has been charged with one count of possession of stolen firearms. On March 25, 2022, he made his initial appearance in U.S. District Court in St. Paul, Ramsey County, Minnesota before Magistrate Judge Elizabeth Cowan Wright.

In August 2021, law enforcement started receiving notifications of firearm thefts from shipments to Federal Firearms Licensees (FFLs). The carrier for the firearms shipments was XPO Logistics, a logistics company with facilities in St. Cloud, Minnesota and Fridley, Anoka county, Minnesota.

On March 9, 2022, XPO Logistics contacted the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) to report an additional 11 firearms stolen from a recent shipment. The firearms were five Canik model Rival 9mm semiautomatic pistols, five Canik model Rival 9mm semiautomatic pistols and one Century Arms model Draco NAK 9 9mm semiautomatic AK pistol.

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According to the XPO Logistics security manager, Cikotte was responsible for several thefts of firearms shipments over the course of almost a year. As shown by the video evidence the security manager provided law enforcement, the Isanti resident carried firearms to his vehicle after removing boxes of firearms from shrink wrapped pallets and removing the firearms from the boxes.

When law enforcement executed a search warrant at Cikotte’s resident in Isanti, they found approximately 40 firearms. All of the firearms appear to be the firearms stolen from XPO Logistics.

Tens of thousands of rounds of ammunition and miscellaneous firearms parts and accessories were also found inside the house. After being advised of his rights, Cikotte admitted to having stolen the firearms, ammunition and firearms parts and accessories from XPO Logistics.

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Isanti has an area of 4.85 square miles. Minnesota State Highway 65 and Isanti County Road 5 are the main routes in the city.

Jeff Johnson is the incumbent mayor of Isanti. Tier III junior hockey team Minnesota Owls is based in the city.

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