5 charged in gun thefts from home

Shotguns, rifles owned by Glen Burnie collector

April 12, 2001|By Laura Barnhardt | Laura Barnhardt,SUN STAFF

When Daniel Puckett went home Monday night and discovered his front door open, his $10,000 gun collection missing, images of the Columbine High School shooting flashed in his head, he says.

"With all the violence involving kids these days, my first thought was that someone would be killed with one of my guns," said Puckett, an antique and gun collector from Glen Burnie.

By early yesterday, Anne Arundel and Baltimore County police had arrested five young suspects and recovered a cache of firearms, raiding homes in Baltimore and Lansdowne and a room at a motel on Caton Avenue in the city.

At a rowhouse in the 3000 block of Huron Ave. in Baltimore, police arrested Christopher M. Dolle, 19, on theft charges and reported recovering two assault rifles and three pistol-grip, 12-gauge pump-action shotguns, two of which had not come from the Glen Burnie burglary.

Christopher L. Reisinger, 16, was charged as an adult with theft and handgun possession when he was arrested near his home in the 200 block of Hazel Ave. in Lansdowne.

At the motel, Kenneth J. Smith Jr., 20, of the 300 block of English Consul Ave. in Baltimore and Paul E. Gardner, 17, of the 1900 block of Maltravers Road in Glen Burnie were arrested and charged with theft, burglary and possession of a handgun. Gardner was charged as an adult, police said. Also arrested on those charges was Robert B. "Smurf" Shortt Jr., 19, of the 500 block of Carlsbad Court in Lansdowne.

Police said they also were led to a wooded area in the 2100 block of Deering Ave. in Baltimore, where they recovered a .40-caliber Glock handgun.

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