Man who committed 50 burglaries to be sentenced to at least 97 years in prison

January 10, 2012|By Peter Hermann

A former UPS worker convicted of 11 federal felonies related to 50 burglaries and nine home invasion robberies is to be sentenced to 97 years in prison today. That's a stiff sentence even by federal standards.

Jason Thomas Scott, 28, was convicted by a jury in the federal courthouse in Greenbelt. His convictions also include counts for armed carjacking, production of child pornography and theft of guns. He is, in short, a "professional criminal," as dubbed by the Maryland U.S. Attorney's Office.

His crimes were committed mostly in Prince George's County and he came to the attention of local police in the summer of 2009 when a tipster informed that he and another man were selling stolen firearms in Landover. Both men worked at a UPS customer service center in Landover.

Federal authorities said in court documents that Scott was trafficking in stolen assault weapons and silencers. The court documents say the ATF used an informant to make contact with Scott to buy guns, and hid GPS tracking devices in $3,000 used for the purchase.

The investigation and surveillance occurred over several days in June 2009. At one point, the informant bought four guns using the $3,000 -- including a Bersa Model Thunder .223 caliber rifle and two Olympic Arms Model K34 .223 rifles. Police said the guns had been stolen from Woodbine.

Authorities said the suspect then told the informant he could buy up to 20 more guns. Federal prosecutors are planning to hold a news conference after the sentencing. They say the federal minimum is 97 years.

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