According to a new court motion filed against him, a former Virginia police
officer charged in a felony indictment
in the U.S. Capitol insurgency paid for at least 34 guns
after being released
under orders that he not possess any firearms
When authorities searched Thomas Robertson's home, they discovered a loaded M4 rifle, a large amount of ammunition, and a partially assembled pipe bomb, according to a court document filed this week in the District of Columbia, arguing that Robertson's bail should be revoked and he should be locked up, as BuzzFeed first reported.
Prosecutors argued that Robertson is a danger
to the public and should be jailed before his trial
because he allegedly disobeyed a court order prohibiting him from possessing firearms.
Prosecutors argued in the motion that his “conduct, combined with his calls for future violence, demonstrates that no condition or combination of conditions can adequately protect the public from the defendant and warrants immediate action by the court through the issuance of an arrest
Robertson was a sergeant with the Rocky Mount Police Department in Virginia until he was fired for his alleged role in the Capitol riot
, and he has pleaded not guilty to charges including obstruction of an official proceeding, aiding and abetting, and entering and remaining in a restricted building or grounds, among others.
The search of Robertson's home was conducted after the FBI
discovered records of online gun orders in his emails earlier this year, according to the court document. In addition to a judge
's order prohibiting Robertson from possessing firearms, the court action also stated that it is a "crime
for anyone under felony indictment to ship, transport, or receive firearms or ammunition in interstate... commerce."
In addition to the gun orders, M4 rifle, and ammo, the FBI discovered a box labeled "booby trap" in his home, which contained a "metal
pipe with two end caps, with a fuse inserted into a hole
," prosecutors wrote. "Although this device did not contain explosive powder, such powder was found nearby."
According to the court filing, Robertson's 34 new guns were being held at a Virginia gun store for him to pick up, and the store owner told FBI agents that Robertson had been in the story to "handle" the firearms.
After his arrest, Robertson was ordered to remove any firearms from his home within 48 hours, but four days later, FBI agents discovered eight guns and significant amounts of ammunition in his home, according to an FBI affidavit.
Stardia's request for comment from Robertson's attorney was not promptly returned.