March 12, 2003
Sean Caine, 410-576-6357
MEMBER OF STOLEN GUN "RING" INCARCERATED FOR HER ROLE
IN THE POSSESSION AND ATTEMPTED SALE OF STOLEN FIREARMS
General J. Joseph Curran, Jr. announced today that Evelyn Renee
Alston, 29, 1014 Love Point Road, Stevensville, has been sentenced
for her role in the possession and attempted sale of stolen firearms.
Anne Arundel County Circuit Court Judge Joseph P. Manck previously
found Alston guilty of the following five offenses: three counts
of Illegal Possession of a Stolen Regulated Firearm, one count of
Unlawful Transportation of a Handgun, and one count of Conspiracy
to Illegally Sell Regulated Firearms. Judge Manck sentenced Alston
to a total of five years, with all but 18 months suspended. The
first 60 days of the 18 months is to be served at the Anne Arundel
County Detention Center, with the remaining 16 months to be served
on home detention. Furthermore, she was placed on five years of
supervised probation upon release. Alstons co-conspirator,
Cheryl Kimberly Shorter, has also been found guilty for various
charges, and is awaiting sentencing in the Circuit Court for Baltimore
City on March 26, 2002.
Chezere Thompson, the remaining member of the conspiracy, has already
been sentenced for his role in the importation and sale of stolen
firearms, receiving 10 years in jail, with all but three years suspended.
facts underlying the convictions are that on May 15, 2002, Anne
Arundel County Police officers received information that two 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 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
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 Firearms Investigation 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.