Two of the 42 guns stolen last week from an Annapolis gun shop were recovered over the weekend by police in Prince George's County.
Lewis Alexander Washington Jr., 21, was stopped by Prince George's County police at about 7:15 p.m. Saturday at the intersection of St. Barnabas and Stamp roads in Temple Hills, police there said.
Officers found two semiautomatic handguns, a 9mm and a .380-caliber, in the white 1986 BMW Washington was driving.
Prince George's County police said the guns' serial numbers were entered into the National Crime Information Center, a nationwide computer network, which showed the guns had been stolen from Bob's Coins and Guns shop in thefirst block of Defense Street in Annapolis early Monday morning.
Washington, of the 5500 block of Sachem Drive, Forest Heights, was charged with two counts of carrying a concealed, dangerous weapon and two counts of theft, police said.
He was being held yesterday at the Prince George's County Detention Center on a $20,000 bond.
Anne Arundel County detectives, along with investigators from the federal Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms, questioned Washington about the break-in at Bob's Coins and Guns, police said.
The break-in is believed to be related to 18 other burglaries of gun shops in the Washington suburbs of Maryland and Virginia since August, officials said.
Investigators believe one or two gangs have stolen more than 600weapons with a total value of about $500,000. The guns, police said,make their way quickly to the streets. Some of the weapons taken from a store in Montgomery County were used in shootings and have been recovered in Washington.
Local police have joined forces in the investigation with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms.
The thieves who hit Bob's Coins and Guns at 3 a.m. used a maul to smash a hole in the store's cinder-block wall, the only wall not covered by an alarm sensor, police said.