For Immediate Release
Gwynn Oak Man Pleads Guilty to Stealing Firearms from a Halethorpe Federal Firearms Licensee
Baltimore, Maryland – Byron Keith Goines, age 25, of Gwynn Oak, Maryland, pleaded guilty today to the federal charge of theft of firearms from a federal firearms licensee’s inventory, in connection with the burglary of a Halethorpe, Maryland gun dealer on January 21, 2019.
The guilty was announced by United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Robert K. Hur; Special Agent in Charge Rob Cekada of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) Baltimore Field Division; and Chief Melissa R. Hyatt of the Baltimore County Police Department.
According to his guilty plea, on January 21, 2019, at 1:08 a.m., Baltimore County police officers were dispatched to a licensed gun dealer, located on Hollins Ferry Road in Halethorpe, in response to a break-in. When the officers arrived, they found a hole in the roof leading into the vault where the guns were stored. Surveillance footage indicated that the suspect, later identified as Byron Keith Goines, had used a saw to cut a hole in the roof before dropping into the vault. The suspect then filled a white trash bag with firearms. After several failed attempts to remove the trash bag of guns from the vault, the suspect exited through the roof carrying several guns on his person. When police arrived, a total of six guns had been removed from the vault, littered on the ground behind the store.
Immediately after the theft, responding officers saw Goines fleeing in the direction of and then hiding inside a nearby warehouse; Goines’ flight was also captured on surveillance video footage. K9 officers similarly traced a human smell from the direction of the firearms dealer to the warehouse. Officers eventually entered the warehouse and found Goines inside. The next day, warehouse employees found two soiled sweatshirts, a soiled pair of pants, and a crowbar in the area where Goines had been hiding.
Although Goines had successfully disabled one of the firearms dealer’s rear cameras, the neighboring business’s cameras and the cameras inside the vault were still operable. The footage shows that the shoes worn by the suspect were distinctive high-top Air Jordans. Those sneakers match the sneakers worn by Goines when he was caught several hours later. Surveillance video footage captured an individual attempting to cut the surveillance camera’s wires bearing a tattoo on his wrist. That tattoo also matched a tattoo on Goines’ wrist. Officers also recovered trash bags that matched those used by Goines in the robbery in the back of the vehicle used to transport Goines to the police station, as well as in the U-Haul that he used that was parked near the firearms dealer.
Goines faces a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison. U.S. District Judge Deborah K. Chasanow has scheduled sentencing for December 11, 2019 at 10:00 a.m.
This case is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a program bringing together all levels of law enforcement and the communities they serve to reduce violent crime and make our neighborhoods safer for everyone. Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN) is the centerpiece of the Department of Justice’s violent crime reduction efforts. PSN is an evidence-based program proven to be effective at reducing violent crime. Through PSN, a broad spectrum of stakeholders work together to identify the most pressing violent crime problems in the community and develop comprehensive solutions to address them. As part of this strategy, PSN focuses enforcement efforts on the most violent offenders and partners with locally based prevention and reentry programs for lasting reductions in crime.
United States Attorney Robert K. Hur commended the ATF and the Baltimore County Police Department for their work in the investigation. Mr. Hur thanked Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael A. Goldsticker, who is prosecuting the case.