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Salisbury Man Goes to Prison for Stolen Firearms

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BALTIMORE- A U.S. District Court judge on Monday sentenced a Salisbury man to five years in federal prison, followed by three years of supervised release, for possession of stolen firearms.  

According to his guilty plea, on June 10, 2017, Ricky Sanabria Jr., 27, burglarized a firearms store in Federalsburg, Md.  Surveillance video shows that Sanabria entered the store by cutting a hole into an exterior wall.  He wore a hoodie and gloves, with a mask that partially covered his face.  Sanabria stole 27 weapons from the Federalsburg firearms store, and left the scene.  Sanabria stole at least 30 weapons total.

Sanabria was not taken into custody until July 16, 2017, when Nebraska state troopers arrested Sanabria for speeding on a highway in Lincoln County, Neb.  Sanabria initially evaded the troopers and abandoned his car, but the troopers found Sanabria in a park nearby and arrested him.  They found one of the firearms stolen from the store in Federalsburg—a .40-caliber Glock handgun—directly in front of the driver seat under the floorboard of Sanabria’s car. Sanabria subsequently waived his rights, and admitted that he was driving the car.  On recorded jail calls, Sanabria acknowledged that the firearm was his, and that he put the firearm in the car.

Two days later, Maryland investigators executed search warrants at two houses associated with Sanabria.  At his home in Salisbury, Md., investigators found a 20-gauge shotgun, which was stolen during a separate burglary in August 2016.  At his parents’ home in Hebron, Md., investigators found an antique weapon—a Colt black powder gun—that Sanabria stole from the Federalsburg gun store during the June 2017 burglary.  Sanabria possessed both the shotgun and the antique weapon.

In addition, Sanabria’s DNA sample matched the DNA profile of blood left at the scene of another burglary of a firearms dealer in November 2016.  During that burglary, Sanabria stole two firearms—a 9 mm Glock pistol and a .22-caliber Ruger pistol.  Although investigators have only found one of those firearms, Sanabria possessed both firearms on the day they were stolen.

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