Balto. police recover 29 stolen firearms early Tuesday

Police said the intention was to sell the handguns

January 29, 2013|By Alison Matas, The Baltimore Sun

Baltimore police have two men in custody after seizing 29 stolen handguns Tuesday morning.

Around 2:30 a.m. Monday, two men allegedly broke into an outdoor supply store in Saxton, Pa. by crashing into it with a vehicle, then stole multiple handguns. They then drove to Baltimore with the intention of selling the guns, police said.

Law enforcement with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives alerted Baltimore police that the vehicle might be in the city. Police located the vehicle in the western patrol district around 4 a.m. Tuesday.

The vehicle fled from officers before crashing at Chapel Hill Road and Route 40, Major Dan Lioi with the Baltimore Police Department said.

Officers found one loaded firearm under the driver's seat and a duffel bag with 28 additional handguns in the vehicle. Each gun is worth between $300 and $500, Lioi said. Police also recovered two boxes of ammunition, 12 rounds of loose ammunition and a small amount of cocaine.

Michael Faircloth, 25, and Garrett Sherlock, 25, both of Saxton, Pa., were in police custody as of Tuesday afternoon but hadn't yet been charged, spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said.

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