Man pleads guilty in Chesapeake Guns burglary
STEVENSVILLE — Gary Alphonso Robinson, 27, of Capitol Heights pleaded guilty in federal court June 14 to the theft of eight hand guns and possession of ammunition by a convicted felon.
The guilty plea was announced by United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein; Special Agent in Charge Kevin Perkins of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Baltimore Field Office; Queen Anne’s County Sheriff Gary Hofmann; Colonel William M. Pallozzi, Superintendent of the Maryland State Police; and Chief Hank Stawinski of the Prince George’s County Police Department.
In Robinson’s plea agreement, he admitted to breaking into Chesapeake Guns, 208 Island Plaza Court, Stevensville, on July 27, 2015, and stealing the guns and ammunition. Chesapeake Guns is a federally licensed firearms dealer.
Robinson entered the store by breaking a glass window and squeezing through the security bars behind the window. Once inside, he broke the glass in a display counter with a hammer and took eight guns, police said. The suveillance video shows him placing the guns into a bag, which he passed out the window to a co-conspirator. The entire burglary took less than a minute, police said.
The guns stolen included a 9mm semi-automatic handgun, a .45 caliber semiautomatic handgun, a .44 caliber revolver, a .38 caliber revolver, and three .357 caliber revolvers, police said.
In August 2015, the Maryland State Police Crime Lab Latent Fingerprint Unit notified Detective Steve Matthews that a latent palm print lifted from broken glass from the front window matched Robinson’s rolled palm print from a prior arrest. Robinson had been convicted of a burglary in Anne Arundel County that was similar to the Chesapeake Guns burglary, Matthews wrote in charging documents.
Matthews also found Robinson had a 2010 conviction for possession of a shortbarreled shotgun, which would make it illegal for him to have a gun.
The DNA profile of blood recovered at the scene also matched, police said.
Chesapeake Guns’ owner Mona Lackman said Robinson was never a legitimate customer at the store and had no permission to enter and take any guns, Matthews said.
A September 2015 police search of Robinson’s bedroom located three gray hooded sweatshirts similar to the one worn by the burglar at Chesapeake Guns; police also found a paper bag containing ammunition inside a Nike shoe box in the closet, according to charging documents.
The ammunition matched the same brand, caliber and grain as ammunition sold at the store and was kept near the display case that was broken into, Matthews wrote.
After learning of the search and that a warrant was out for his arrest, Robinson surrendered himself at the sheriff’s office Sept. 21, 2015. He was released on $75,000 property bond.
Robinson faces a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison for each of the two counts: theft of firearms; and possession of ammunition by a convicted felon. U.S. District Judge Deborah K. Chasanow has scheduled sentencing for Sept. 12, 2016.
United States Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein commended the FBI, Queen Anne’s County Sheriff’s Office, Maryland State Police, and Prince George’s County Police Department for their work in the investigation. Rosenstein thanked Assistant U.S. Attorneys Joseph R. Baldwin and Deborah A. Johnston, who are prosecuting the case.
The front window was smashed out and the burglar squeezed behind the bars to steal guns at Chesapeake Guns in Stevensville.
GARY A. ROBINSON