Woman Arrested for Stealing Machine Gun from Shooting Range Using Dead Woman’s ID

A woman who stole a machine gun from a shooting range in Converse, Texas has been arrested, according to an arrest affidavit.[0] The woman, identified as Amber Nicole Herring, rented a handgun to use on the firing range before renting a Heckler Koch Fully Automatic 9mm MP5 submachine gun.[1] Instead of walking back to the range, she walked out of the store with the gun and into a white Ford Ranger, which drove off.[2] The store owner revealed that the thief used a dead woman’s ID to rent the gun.[2] Herring was taken into custody by Bexar County deputies and charged with possession of a prohibited firearm/machine gun and theft of a firearm.[3] The machine gun has not yet been found.[4]

According to an email sent to customers of LoneStar Handgun Shooting Range in Converse, Herring used the driver's license of a person who was killed in a car fire in December 2022. The store shared footage capturing the suspect's tattooed right chest adorned with letters, as well as multiple tattoos on her arm and hand.[4] Herring was positively identified by the employee who had rented the guns to the suspect, through a photo lineup.[4]

“We have policies in place to prevent theft to include trigger locks on rentals, valid ID kept during the rental and credit card use for the transaction.[5] The employee that rented her the firearms did not follow company policy and accepted cash for the rental,” Felker said in the email.[6] The Bexar County Sheriff's Office verified that the lady utilized a fraudulent license, but did not specify if it was linked to an individual who died in a car blaze.[0] In addition, the woman gave a phony phone number and email address.[0]

A combined bond of $30,000 is keeping Herring in custody at the Bexar County Jail.[5] At approximately 2 p.m. on May 5, a theft took place at LoneStar Handgun situated on Amendment Way in Converse.[4] Despite the theft, the business owner reassured customers that they have policies in place to prevent such incidents from happening again.

0. “San Antonio gun range seeks machine gun stolen by a woman” Laredo Morning Times, 8 May. 2023, https://www.lmtonline.com/news/local/article/san-antonio-gun-range-stolen-18085984.php

1. “Woman arrested in theft of machine gun from San Antonio shooting range” San Antonio Express-News, 9 May. 2023, https://www.expressnews.com/news/article/herring-arrested-stolen-machine-gun-shooting-range-18088297.php

2. “Woman Steals Machine Gun From San Antonio Area Shooting Range – 710am KURV” kurv, 9 May. 2023, https://www.kurv.com/woman-steals-machine-gun-from-san-antonio-area-shooting-range/

3. “Woman Steals Machine Gun From Converse Shooting Range” iHeart, 9 May. 2023, https://woai.iheart.com/content/2023-05-09-woman-steals-machine-gun-from-converse-shooting-range

4. “Woman accused of stealing machine gun arrested, allegedly used dead sister's identity” KENS5.com, 9 May. 2023, https://www.kens5.com/article/news/local/woman-accused-of-stealing-machine-gun-arrested-uses-dead-sisters-identity-weapon-sapd-san-antonio-converse-texas/273-72ce75b6-1d3c-499f-8641-c2508a0589ec

5. “Woman steals submachine gun from Texas shooting range” ABC15 Arizona in Phoenix, 9 May. 2023, https://www.abc15.com/woman-steals-submachine-gun-from-texas-shooting-range

6. “Video shows woman stealing machine gun from Converse shooting range, owner says” KSAT San Antonio, 8 May. 2023, https://www.ksat.com/news/local/2023/05/08/woman-steals-mp5-submachine-gun-from-converse-shooting-range-video-shows/

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