Man pleads guilty to stealing SWAT gear

A Hotchkiss man accused of stealing a gun from a sheriff's detective says he's guilty.

In a U.S. District Court Monday, Keaton Bell, 24, of Hotchkiss pleaded guilty to stealing a firearm and ammunition and possessing a machine gun. He'll be sentenced in August.

The Department of Justice says Bell was invited to stay at an Eagle County Sheriff's Office detective's home by his girlfriend's friend.

The detective and his girlfriend were often in Denver as the detective underwent cancer treatment.

Bell took the detective's SWAT equipment while staying at his home.

Authorities say they found the stolen guns and equipment in Bell's truck in November while he was working in Alaska.

Later that month, Bell returned to the state and was reported as a suspicious person at a Glenwood Springs Wal-Mart. He was arrested on a warrant related to the gun thefts.

Bell faces up to 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine for each of the counts to which he pleaded guilty.

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