For Immediate Release
Washington Man Sentenced to Six Years in Custody for Theft of 22 Handguns from Newberg Fred Meyer
PORTLAND, Ore. – Mark Anthony Reyna, 26, from Skagit County, WA was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Garr M. King to six years in federal prison, following his pleas of guilty to the theft of firearms from a federally-licensed firearms dealer and felon in possession of firearms.
On June 18, 2014, Reyna broke into a locked firearms display located at the Newberg Fred Meyer. The store was open to the public at the time of the theft. Reyna took 22 firearms with a value of over $12,000. Three days after the theft, Reyna was observed by a police officer in Mount Vernon, WA, operating a vehicle; the officer knew that Reyna had an unrelated arrest warrant on file and attempted to stop the vehicle. Following a brief police chase and struggle with the officers, Reyna was arrested. One of the stolen firearms from Fred Meyer, a .40 caliber loaded Ruger pistol, was located in Reyna’s vehicle. During a subsequent police investigation, six of the other stolen firearms were located and seized; 15 stolen firearms are currently unaccounted for.
Several charges are pending against Reyna in Skagit County, WA. He will be transported to that jurisdiction and will receive a sentence concurrent to the federal sentence. The pending charges include the related attempt to elude a pursuing police vehicle and unlawful possession of a stolen firearm. Reyna was prohibited from possessing firearms by virtue of his Skagit County 2014 conviction for disarming a law enforcement officer of his taser.
This case was prosecuted by the Newberg Police Department, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, and by the Mount Vernon Police Department. It was prosecuted by AUSA Fred Weinhouse.
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