Gun burglars sentenced: Federal charges result in prison time for former Finlandia Univ. students

MARQUETTE — Two former Finlandia University students who stole firearms from Northwoods Trading Post in December 2016 were sentenced Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Marquette.

Alexander Santiago was sentenced to 60 days in prison, while Juan Pereyra was sentenced to 30 days. Both received three years of supervised release.

Pereyra and Santiago pleaded guilty in August to stealing a firearm from a licensed dealer. The theft charge carries a maximum sentence of 10 years. In exchange for the guilty pleas, conspiracy charges were dropped.

Earlier this year, Jake Hugall, who served as a lookout during the burglary, was sentenced to four months in jail in Houghton County Circuit Court.

According to the federal complaint, the three agreed last December to steal guns from Northwoods Trading Post in Hancock.

At about 4 a.m. on Dec. 10, 2016, Santiago broke the front-door glass at Northwoods. He and Pereyra then entered the building. Santiago then broke the glass of a display case and stole three .40-caliber semi-automatic pistols.

Police later found handguns matching the description of the stolen items in a Finlandia dorm room.