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Woman wanted after pleading guilty to gun-buying scheme

Posted at 6:59 PM, Jun 21, 2017
and last updated 2017-06-21 22:38:12-04

Justine Minjares pleaded guilty late last year to theft after she was charged with a scheme to buy guns online. But she failed to show up for sentencing in February.

"She was using phony identification to purchase guns over the internet and have them shipped to a local pawn shop," said District Attorney Steve Wolfson. "To the pawn shop's credit, they kept saying if you don't have valid government ID we're not gonna give you these weapons. So she finally came back with a fraudulent driver's license and picked up seven guns."

We dropped by the world famous Gold and Silver Pawn of "Pawn Stars" fame, where General Manager Andrew Zimmerman told us legitimate pawn shops are diligent in spotting schemes like this one.

"If the same person came back and they had different IDs... the bells would be going off," said Zimmerman. "We would be very subtle about it. Probably we would tell the person hang on for a second. And if a bell went off, truthfully, we'd probably call Metro and have them come down."

Unfortunately in this case, District Attourney Wolfson says only one weapon was recovered, and he fears the other six are now in the hands of gang members.

"Her boyfriend at the time was a known gang member," he said. "If you're buying guns with a phony ID and you're a gang member, where do you think those guns are gonna end up?"

If you have any information on Justine Minjares, call Crime Stoppers right away at 702-385-5555.

And an update on Ronald Lacambra, who pleaded guilty to stabbing his father: He was sentenced this morning after being featured on Warrant Wednesday last week, and it was noted in court by the prosecutor. 

"He saw himself on television and we caught him at the airport trying to get the heck out of town," said Chief Deputy District Attorney Jay Raman.