July 25, 2003
Sean Caine, 410-576-6357
MEN CONVICTED OF BUYING WEAPONS FROM
AN EMPLOYEE OF BALTIMORE COUNTY LIQUOR STORE
General J. Joseph Curran, Jr. announced today that a joint investigation
with the Baltimore County Police Departments Firearms Violence
Team has resulted in the convictions of three men on various gun-related
crimes by the Honorable John Grason Turnbull, II, sitting for the
Circuit Court for Baltimore County.
Gorman Frank, 41, of 3523 Prospect Road in Street, Harford County,
was found guilty of three counts of illegal transfer of a regulated
firearm, and three counts of illegal possession of a regulated firearm.
Travis Todd Bynaker, 33, of 1113 Anglesea Street in Baltimore, was
found guilty of two counts of illegal transfer of a regulated firearm,
and one count of illegal possession of a regulated firearm. Scott
Kreh, 33, of 609 Mace Avenue in Baltimore County, was found guilty
of four counts of illegal transfer of a regulated firearm. All three
men were sentenced to three years incarceration, all suspended,
and placed on two years of probation,18 months of which will be
August 2000 and January 2002, Baltimore County detectives learned
from sources that an employee of Oak Grove Liquors was selling handguns
and assault weapons to individuals from the store. The detectives
learned that the sales were taking place without the required transfer
paperwork or background checks. Detectives ultimately identified
Gerry Hege as the person selling the guns, and further learned that
of 21 guns registered to him he had only six left in his possession.
Detectives discovered that one of the sold weapons was used in a
shooting in Essex and another was seized by Baltimore County Police
when it was illegally discharged. Continued investigation and the
execution of numerous search warrants ultimately led to the recovery
of numerous weapons. Frank, Bynaker, and Kreh were all found to
have illegally bought guns from Hege.
bought an AK-47 assault rifle, a .22 caliber handgun, and a .357
caliber revolver from Hege without completing any of the required
paperwork. Frank was prohibited under Maryland law from legally
possessing these guns due to a previous felony theft conviction.
A search warrant was executed on his office and home, and officers
recovered a total of six handguns, one AK-47, 10 shotguns, 10 rifles,
and various ammunition. Bynaker was found to have initially tried
to legally purchase the .380 handgun from Hege by completing the
required paperwork through the Maryland State Police, only to have
his application to purchase the gun denied because of a previous
conviction for Possession of a Controlled Dangerous Substance: Not
Marijuana. Bynaker proceeded to illegally buy a .380 handgun and
a .40 caliber handgun from Hege. Kreh was found to have illegally
bought a .44 caliber handgun and a 9mm handgun from Hege, only to
shortly thereafter illegally sell both of them to two other individuals,
one of which was under the age of 21. Both of those guns were recovered.
was charged in the Circuit Court for Baltimore County for his role
in the sale of these weapons in a 15 count criminal information.
Ryan Thomas, who is alleged to have illegally bought one of the
weapons from Kreh, was also in the Circuit Court for Baltimore County.
Both trials are scheduled on August 4, 2003.
case was investigated by the Baltimore County Police Departments
Firearms Violence Team, and was prosecuted by the Firearms Trafficking
Unit of the Office of the Attorney General. The Firearms Trafficking
Unit is funded from grants received from the Governors Office
on Crime Control and Prevention, and the Maryland State Police Cease