SIOUX CITY -- Five men have been charged in federal court with planning the theft of several guns in central Iowa and traveling to Woodbury County to sell them or trade them for drugs.
Matthew Lynam, 31, Colton Novak, 26, Drew Johnson, 32, and Tylor Boyd, 25, all of Sioux City, were indicted in U.S. District Court in Sioux City on May 24 on charges of conspiracy to possess and sell stolen firearms, possession of stolen firearms and possession of a stolen firearm by a prohibited person.
The fifth man, Daniel Powell, 24, of Otho, Iowa, was charged with the same crimes Friday.
Novak and Johnson have pleaded not guilty and are scheduled to stand trial on Aug. 6. The other three have yet to appear in court.
According to the indictment, Novak drove Boyd and Powell, also known as "Ruthless," on Feb. 3 from Woodbury County to Greene County, where they broke into a shop that Powell knew had guns and ammunition stored inside. The three are accused of taking a gun safe containing five guns, ammunition, thousands of dollars in cash and other items.
They took the safe to Johnson's home, where they broke it open. Johnson was given one of the guns and other items, the indictment said. Novak, Boyd and Powell then dumped the empty safe in a creek in rural Dakota County in Nebraska.
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On Feb. 5, the indictment said, Boyd sent a video of himself with the stolen guns and ammunition via social media to at least one other person to advertise the items for sale. Boyd, Powell, Novak and Lynam then divided the stolen guns, ammunition and other items among themselves.
In the next four days, Novak and Boyd stashed one of the stolen guns inside an air vent in Novak's house and traded a second one to two people unnamed in the indictment for methamphetamine and money.
Lynam, also known as "Soldier," and Powell were pulled over in a Feb. 7 traffic stop in Sioux City. Lynam fled on foot and discarded one of the guns, but he was quickly apprehended. According to court documents, police recovered that gun and a second stolen gun from the vehicle.
Lynam, Powell, Novak and Boyd all were charged with trafficking stolen weapons and other charges in Woodbury County District Court. Those cases will be dismissed because the four have been charged in federal court, Assistant Woodbury County Attorney Michelle Venable-Ridley said Wednesday.
Lynam also faces robbery, theft and assault charges in Woodbury County in connection with two Feb. 14 incidents in which he fired shots in the direction of two victims after demanding they hand over they cellphones. He is scheduled to stand trial on those charges in August.