Massive North Texas Gun Heist Foiled When Alleged Thief Passes Out, Drives Through Fence

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A quick glance at Rode Don Simmons' Facebook page is enough to tell you that the 21-year-old enjoys guns, but that's par for the course in semi-rural North Texas. A young man can't very well shoot ducks and feral hogs without a trusty gun or two.

But Simmons' passion for firearms has reached unhealthy levels, according to documents filed Friday by federal prosecutors and the ATF. They accuse him of breaking into the Pigeon Road Shooting Range just outside Stephenville on Thursday morning and making off with 72 guns.

"He pretty much took anything he could get his hands on," Erath County Sheriff Tommy Bryant told the local paper.

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Erath County Sheriff's Office, via yourstephenvilletx.com
It wasn't like the range was unlocked. To get to the weapons, Bryant said, Simmons drove a stolen Chevy Tahoe through a back field, cut through a barbed-wire fence, cut electricity to the building, shattered the front glass with an ax or hammer, then used bolt cutters to get through the metal bars covering the door.

Clearly, all this required a considerable amount of preparation. Simmons put considerably less thought into planning his getaway. About an hour after the burglary, a sheriff's deputy about 40 miles to the north in neighboring Parker County came upon a green Chevy Tahoe that had flattened at least one fence before coming to a stop in a field off Highway 113 near Millsap. Inside, Simmons was slumped over the wheel, passed out. Occupying the front and back seats were a few dozen guns, many with Pigeon Road price tags still attached.

Simmons was placed under arrest after regaining consciousness and readily confessed to stealing the guns, according to a criminal complaint. He's charged with stealing a firearm from a licensed dealer and was ordered to remain in federal custody pending trial.


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32 comments
Doug Robinson
Doug Robinson

My buddy owns that gun range. I'm glad they got the dumb a$$.

NewsDog
NewsDog

Eric you need to learn a little more about guns before you start making snarky comments.

'A young man can't very well shoot ducks and feral hogs without a trusty rifle or two.'

You don't hunt ducks with a rifle, you use a shotgun.

Myrna.Minkoff-Katz
Myrna.Minkoff-Katz topcommenter

This little shit is merely an example of millions of gun-obsessed nut jobs aggressively targeted by the NRA.

WhiteWhale
WhiteWhale

Hopefully Rode gets a nice long restful vacation in the iron bar hotel

mavdog
mavdog topcommenter

@Myrna.Minkoff-Katz 

Jim Porter makes a strong case for the NRA to not be a 501(c)(3) entity as he states without qualification that since 1977 the org focus has been political lobbying.

and as for the "fake president" remark, I'll just consider the source.

observist
observist topcommenter

@NewsDog There's no pedants like gun pedants like no pedants I know...

Daniel
Daniel

@NewsDog  This just in: Nobody gives a shit but gun nuts. Hey, don't, uh, shoot the messenger. 

teacher
teacher

@Myrna.Minkoff-Katz 

Myrna, you are one taco shy of a combination plate.

1. You have zero knowledge of what the NRA is or is about.

2. He's a thief. Please let us know the last time the NRA aggressively tried to recruit gun thieves.

3. You should read more, post less.

teacher
teacher

@mavdog @Myrna.Minkoff-Katz 

If you would take your head out of your ass and spend two minutes on google, you would know that the NRA is not a 501c3, but a 501c4.

501c4's ARE ALLOWED to engage in political action.

You can't fix stupid can you Myrna

IgnatiusJ
IgnatiusJ

@teacher @Myrna.Minkoff-Katz The NRA is a lobbying organization that promotes the sale and use of guns.  They don't care whose hands they end up in- that's not their problem.  They answer to the manufacturers, making sure that the "well regulated militia", as they imagine it to be anyone, has as many guns as they want.  Unlimited production and consumption of guns, regardless of outcome, as they have cloaked their purpose of ensuring said unlimited manufacture and sale in red, white and blue.  Are all NRA members "gun nuts"?  Of course note.  Many are simply duped by the machismo, patriotism and culture of imagining themselves in a heroic situation where they can shoot someone.  BTW, I am a gun owner, enthusiast and 6th Gen Texan who doesn't need some cheap, lying Lobbyist organization to "protect" my rights from some imagined threat.

russp
russp

@RTGolden1 @teacher @mavdog 

The majority of the NRA is not tax exempt including their two political branches (ILA & PVF) so memberships and donations are not tax deductible. They do have the NRA Foundation that provides free gun safety and training seminars. This branch is considered tax exempt.

RTGolden1
RTGolden1 topcommenter

@teacher@mavdogPlease explain to me how a parent company has a designation (c)4, with it's subsidiaries designated as (c)3, but the parent doesn't carry the 3.I understand, in the case of Planned Parenthood, there are different entities, but they are wholly separate in order to qualify for their different government programs.  They could not achieve what they have achieved were one the subsidiary of the other.  Since 501 designations are, in essence, financial designation, I can't see how the subsidiaries' status does not apply to the parent as well.  (I am NOT an accountant, so there is very likely some delicate difference I'm not seeing.)

mavdog
mavdog topcommenter

@teacher

what nuance you provide: it is both a 501c4 with "501C3 subsidiaries".

yes, it has BOTH 501c4 and 501c3 designations! 

thanks for proving my point, deftly done even while your head is up the nra ass....

teacher
teacher

@mavdog @teacher 

Wrong. A 501c4 can have 501c3 subsidiaries, but cannot be both a 501c4 and a 501c3 itself.

Another ignorant head is up their ass.

mavdog
mavdog topcommenter

@teacher 

actually it is both, apparently your head was too far up the nra ass to find that out.

Daniel
Daniel

@ruddski Myrna is about  70 years old, or claims to be.

ruddski
ruddski

None of these people care about accurate reporting, they just want to get in Myrna's pants.

Myrna.Minkoff-Katz
Myrna.Minkoff-Katz topcommenter

@ruddski Odd coincidence that Mark Rudd was heavily involved in the Weather Underground.  Rudd... hmm....

ruddski
ruddski

The SDS wanted to blow shit up, but they were notorious pussy lightweights. They still are.

ruddski
ruddski

Back when Moana was an SDS revolutionary operative, she'd blow your shit up, dude.

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