Man convicted in 2014 theft of handguns from Fred Meyer store
A U.S. District Court judge accepts plea agreement and sentences Mark Anthony Reyna to six years in federal prison
PORTLAND -- The Washington man arrested in the 2014 theft of handguns from a Newberg store was convicted for his crimes in federal court this week.
Mark Anthony Reyna, 26, of Skagit County, Wash., appeared in U.S. District Court Wednesday and pleaded guilty to theft of firearms from a federally-licensed facility and felon in possession of firearms. Judge Garr King sentenced Reyna to six years in federal prison.
Court files show that Reyna broke into a locked display case at the Newberg Fred Meyer store at around 9 p.m. June 18, 2014, and absconded with 22 firearms with a value of more than $12,000. He also stole a backpack in which to transport the weapons and is alleged to have stolen a hammer from a Woodburn Walmart store that he used to break into the display case.
Reynas undoing began when Fred Meyer employees found surveillance footage of the crime and forwarded it to Newberg-Dundee police, who began soon after working with officials from the Department of Justice.
He thinks he can just come down from Washington and steal 22 handguns in Newberg? said Fred Weinhouse, an assistant U.S. attorney who worked on the case.
A few days later a police officer in Washington spotted Reyna driving a black Audi in Mount Vernon and knew of an unrelated arrest warrant on an earlier charge of disarming an officer of his Taser. He attempted to stop the vehicle, but Reyna fled on foot and police gave chase, catching him with the aid of a police dog and after a struggle. Reyna had to be sedated on the scene as he continued to resist arrest before he was transported to the Skagit County jail.
One of the stolen handguns from the Newberg theft, a loaded .40-caliber Ruger pistol, was found in Reynas Audi. A subsequent investigation yielded an additional six of the stolen firearms, while 15 remain unaccounted for. Two unidentified brothers, ages 20 and 22, were also arrested for possession of stolen firearms and other evidence in connection with the Newberg thefts. They were also booked into the Skagit County jail.
Reynas troubles with the law arent exclusive to his malfeasances in Newberg, though. He will be transported to Skagit County to face other charges in connection with his arrest in 2014, including attempt to elude a pursuing police vehicle and possession of a stolen firearm. Should he be convicted of those charges as well, his sentences will be concurrent to those in Oregon, said Acting U.S. Attorney Billy Williams.