Man pleads guilty in Ch­e­sa­peake Guns bur­glary

Record Observer - - News - By AN­GELA PRICE bay­times@kibay­times.com

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.

SHER­IFF’S OF­FICE PHOTO

The front win­dow was smashed out and the burglar squeezed be­hind the bars to steal guns at Ch­e­sa­peake Guns in Stevensville.

GARY A. ROBIN­SON

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