March 6, 2003
Sean Caine, 410-576-6357
OF STOLEN GUN "RING" JAILED FOR
ROLE IN THE IMPORTATION AND SALE OF STOLEN FIREARMS
General J. Joseph Curran, Jr. announced today that CDon Chezere
Thompson, 21, 3600 Ninth Street, Baltimore, has been sentenced for
his role in the importation and sale of stolen firearms. Baltimore
City Circuit Court Judge John M. Glynn sentenced Thompson to 10
years in jail, with all but three years suspended, following his
conviction of the following offenses: four counts of Illegal Possession
of a Stolen Regulated Firearm, one count of Illegal Possession of
a Regulated Firearm by a Minor, and one count of Illegal Sale of
a Regulated Firearm. Thompson, due to be sentenced on March 25 in
Anne Arundel County after having been found guilty of conspiring
to illegally sell stolen guns in that County, was also placed on
five years of supervised probation upon his release. Thompsons
other co-conspirators, Cheryl Kimberly Shorter and Evelyn Renee
Alston have also been found guilty for various charges and are currently
The facts underlying the convictions are that on May 15, 2002, Anne
Arundel County Police officers received information that two black
females in a silver Nissan Pathfinder were attempting to sell handguns
in the area of Freetown Village, located in Glen Burnie. The officers
conducted a traffic stop and discovered three Smith & Wesson
.38 Special Revolvers and 100 rounds of ammunition.
Further investigation revealed that the firearms actually belonged
to Argenbright Security Company, located in Arlington, Virginia.
A company representative confirmed that 12 guns had been stolen,
and that Shorter was a current employee of their company. Thompson,
her then boyfriend, was a former employee. Upon questioning, Shorter
admitted that she stole the firearms from her place of employment,
and brought them back to her house. Shorter further stated that
she and Thompson planned on selling the weapons because she needed
money for a new car. Alston was later interviewed by the Maryland
State Police, and she admitted to helping Shorter locate people
in Freetown that would be interested in buying the guns because
she also needed money.
In an attempt to locate the remaining stolen weapons, a search was
conducted at the Baltimore City residence of Shorter and Thompson.
Three more of the stolen Smith & Wesson .38 Special Revolvers,
and approximately 400 rounds of ammunition, were found and seized.
When asked by officers where the remaining stolen guns were, Shorter
stated that Thompson must have taken them. Further investigation
showed that Thompson had in fact sold at least four of the handguns
already. Thompson was located, taken into custody, and then interviewed
regarding his role in the sale of the stolen weapons. Thompson stated
that Shorter came home with the guns, which they decided to sell.
Thompson admitted to selling four of the guns, but claimed he did
not know the buyers name or whereabouts. Troopers from the
Maryland State Police are currently looking for this individual.
case demonstrates the overall mission of this Unit and the cooperating
law enforcement agencies: to keep guns out of the hands of individuals
who cannot legally have them, and to jail those offenders for their
actions," Attorney General Curran said. "The net result
is fewer guns in circulationwhich means fewer gun-related
crimes and fewer gun-related injuries and deaths."
Subsequently, an additional stolen weapon from Argenbright was recovered
during the execution of an unrelated drug search warrant in Baltimore
City. Investigation as to how that individual obtained one of the
stolen weapons, and the whereabouts of the remaining unrecovered
stolen handguns, is continuing.
This case was investigated by the Maryland State Police Cease Fire
Unit and Anne Arundel County Police Department, with assistance
provided by the Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms
and the Baltimore City Police Department. The case was prosecuted
by the Firearms Trafficking Unit of the Office of the Attorney General
under Operation Crime Gun, which is funded from grants received
from the Governors Office on Crime Control and Prevention,
and the Maryland State Police Cease Fire Council.