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U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of Maryland

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, June 14, 2016

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.

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Updated June 14, 2016