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Report: FBI pulled out of Milwaukee sting operation due to flaws

MILWAUKEE (WTAQ) - The FBI was reportedly involved in a flawed undercover sting operation in Milwaukee last year, but the agency pulled out after finding numerous problems.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives ran the operation, which used a fake storefront to try and attract criminals and their guns.

The Journal Sentinel has cited numerous flaws, including the theft of $40,000 in merchandise, and the theft of a machine gun from an agent’s vehicle.

The paper said it obtained a letter from members of House and Senate judiciary committee, which said the FBI pulled out after two months due to, “concerns about the operation’s proposed uses of intelligence, operational security, and staffing.”

The letter also said the ATF has inadequate policies and procedures for running storefront operations like the one in Milwaukee.

The Journal Sentinel also said ATF agents allowed a man with a gun to walk out of the store last summer without arresting him or seizing the weapon. He was supposed to return to the shop to sell the gun, but he never did.

Four months later, the man was arrested in neighboring Minnesota for drunk driving.