FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact AUSA VICKIE E. LEDUC or
www.justice.gov/usao/md MARCIA MURPHY at (410) 209-4885
CAPITOL HEIGHTS FELON PLEADS GUILTY TO STEALING GUNS FROM A FEDERALLY LICENSED FIREARMS DEALER AND TO ILLEGAL POSSESSION OF AMMUNITION
Greenbelt, Maryland – Gary Alphonso Robinson, age 27, of Capitol Heights, Maryland, pleaded guilty today to the theft of eight firearms 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.
According to his plea agreement, on July 27, 2015, Robinson robbed a federally licensed firearms dealer in Stevensville, Maryland. Robinson entered the store by breaking a glass window and squeezing through the security bars. Robinson smashed a display case and took a 9mm semi-automatic handgun, a .45 caliber semi-automatic handgun, a .44 caliber revolver, a .38 caliber revolver, and three .357 caliber revolvers. He placed the guns in a bag, which he handed to a co-conspirator through the broken window. A security video recorded Robinson’s actions and the DNA profile of blood recovered from the scene matched Robinson’s, as did a partial palm-print found on a piece of the broken glass.
On September 17, 2015, a search warrant was executed at Robinson’s residence. Law enforcement recovered 43 rounds of 9mm ammunition hidden in a shoe in Robinson’s bedroom closet. Robinson had a previous felony conviction and was prohibited from possessing firearms or ammunition.
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 September 12, 2016 at 12:30 p.m.
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. Mr. Rosenstein thanked Assistant U.S. Attorneys Joseph R. Baldwin and Deborah A. Johnston, who are prosecuting the case.
ORIGINAL PRESS RELEASE
INCIDENT: Burglary / Theft
DATE / TIME: 07/27/2015 @ 0430 Hours
LOCATION: 208 Island Plaza Court, Stevensville, MD
DETAILS: Queen Anne’s Deputies responded to an alarm at Island Plaza Court in Stevensville, MD. First units arrived within minutes and discovered the front glass shattered with signs of obvious entry into the Chesapeake Gun Shop.
Video footage confirmed that a suspect was able to make entry into the store where eight guns valued at $7800 were taken from a display counter, placed into a bag and handed out to an unknown accomplice.
All of the stolen firearms were handguns including Sig-Sauer 9mm, a Colt Government .45, four Smith & Wesson revolvers ranging from .38 Special to a .44 magnum, and two Ruger .357 revolvers.
Persons with information about this crime are urged to contact Detective Steve Matthews of the Sheriff’s Criminal Investigation Unit at (410) 758-0770 extension 1921. Tips can also be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org or private messaged to the Sheriff’s Office Facebook page.
DEPUTY: Dfc. Andrew Neall / Det. Steve Matthews
INCIDENT: Credit Card Fraud / Theft
DATE: March 4th, 2016
LOCATION: Queenstown Outlets, Queenstown
VICTIMS: Yankee Candle / Kay Jewelers / J Crew / Polo / Calvin Klein / St. Johns / Coach / Gymboree / NASA Federal Credit Union / USAA Savings
DETAILS: Purchases were made by the suspect in numerous stores at the Outlets using several fraudulent credit cards. At the St. John’s Store, an employee requested the woman to provide identification for the purchase of a $1470 jacket. Feeling something was amiss, she flagged the transaction and was later able to ID the suspect. When the receipt of the transaction was returned as fraudulent the Sheriff’s Office was contacted.
Detectives were able to location additional transactions for merchandise or gift cards at other stores located at the Outlets as well as two financial institutions. Investigation indicated that the suspect was using fraudulent cards in variations of her name and another female so that she could use a driver’s license as identification if requested. In total over $8000 was charged on the fraudulent cards. While much of the information was misleading, detectives were able to locate a possible address in Nottingham, MD that was listed to an older female. A check of residents at the address identified a possible suspect who was later identified as Siobhan Latoya Hazel Springer (31) of Lerner Court in Nottingham, MD.
An arrest warrant has been issued for Siobhan Springer charging her with multiple counts of Theft under $1000, Theft over $1000, Forgery and Identity Theft. At this time the warrant remains active. Persons with information of where Siobhan Springer can be located are asked to contact the Queen Anne’s County Office of Sheriff or their local police agency.
DEPUTY: Dfc. Charles Harris / Detective Chase Armington
ASSIST: Queenstown Outlet Security