SAXTON - A federal grand jury has charged three Saxton residents with a series of federal firearms crimes stemming from a Jan. 28 gun store robbery, U.S. Attorney David J. Hickton announced Wednesday.
Federal prosecutors said Garrett Sherlock, 26, of 606 Branch St., Joshua M. Faircloth, 26, of 216 Saxton Road, and Kelley L. Foster, 23, of 203 Eighth St., were all involved in the early morning theft of 31 handguns from Saxton Outdoor Supply, with Sherlock stealing the guns, Foster covering for Sherlock and Faircloth helping Sherlock exchange the guns for cash and drugs on the streets of Baltimore.
Sherlock and Faircloth crashed a car through the store's entrance, grabbed the firearms and drove to Maryland, police said at the time. By taking the stolen guns across state lines, the pair violated federal trafficking laws, the grand jury indictment stated.
As both were convicted felons at the time of the alleged theft, each violated gun-possession laws 31 times, as well, according to the indictment. Sherlock was convicted in 2010 of criminal trespassing; Faircloth was convicted in 2011 of burglary.
The men drove to Baltimore after the theft, police there said in January, with Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives agents tracking their movements after officers received a tip.
Before dawn on Jan. 29, Baltimore police identified and surrounded Faircloth's Buick on a city street. The pair allegedly sped away before crashing into a parked car. They suffered serious injuries, police said.
Police found a stolen handgun near the driver's seat and 28 more in a duffel bag in the trunk, as well as ammunition and several bags of cocaine, officers said.
Two of the handguns were missing and have not been recovered, Hickton said in a news release.
"The firearms violence cycle begins with those, like gun thieves who arm dangerous people," he said.
Shortly after the crash, Sherlock and Faircloth were charged with more than 20 counts of violating Maryland's stolen-gun possession and illegal carrying laws. Maryland court records show Sherlock was held on $1.5 million bail, though it isn't clear whether he has been released.
Court documents indicate they have not been charged by Pennsylvania authorities.
If convicted in a federal court, Sherlock could face up to 30 years in prison, Faircloth could face 25 years and Foster five years, prosecutors said.
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