May 24, 2005
POLICE IMPERSONATOR GUILTY OF FIREARMS VIOLATIONS
Maryland Attorney General, J. Joseph Curran, Jr., announced today
that 41-year old Arthur Woody Thomas, Jr. pled guilty in Baltimore
City Circuit Court to illegal possession of a regulated firearm.
Maryland State Police and Baltimore City Police executed a search
warrant at Mr. Thomas’ residence and discovered two handguns.
Mr. Thomas, of the 1800 block of Belt Street in Baltimore, was
prohibited from possessing a regulated firearm due to a prior
felony conviction. Last year Thomas was arrested in Frederick,
Maryland for impersonating a police officer and using forged
prescriptions to obtain drugs. During the investigation by Maryland
State Police it was subsequently revealed that there were guns
in his home in Baltimore. He was sentenced by Judge Allen L.
Schwait to five years incarceration with all but six months suspended
and two years probation. At the request of the Attorney General ’s
office, Judge Schwait also ordered the guns to be forfeited to
This case was investigated by the Maryland State Police Firearms
Enforcement Section. The case was prosecuted by the Firearms Trafficking
Unit of the Attorney General’s Criminal Investigations Division.
This unit is funded by grants from the Governor’s Office
of Crime Control and Prevention and the Maryland State Police Cease