A former Rocky Mount, Virginia, police officer indicted in the Capitol riot has been ordered back to prison after a judge found he committed a federal felony by purchasing more than 30 firearms while on pretrial release.
The Justice Department requested and received a new warrant earlier this month for the arrest of Thomas Robertson after a search of his home turned up an M4 rifle, a partial pipe bomb and two M228 fuzes used on training grenades. The DOJ also said it had obtained records showing Robertson purchased 37 firearms since his release and had them shipped on his behalf to a nearby firearms dealer.
Robertson and another Virginia police officer, Jacob Fracker, were charged in January with violent entry and disorderly conduct for their alleged participation in the Capitol riot. A federal grand jury indicted the men in February. As part of their pretrial release, the men were ordered not to possess firearms. Federal law also prohibits anyone under federal indictment for a crime with a sentence of more than 1 year from shipping or transporting firearms or ammunition.
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