Central Texas Man Convicted In Firearms Theft Case

By: Paul J. Gately Email
By: Paul J. Gately Email

WACO (October 17, 2012)—Sentencing is set for Dec. 12 in U.S. District Court in Waco for James Ray Martin, Jr., who was found guilty Tuesday afternoon of conspiring to possess a firearm that was stolen in a burglary at a Heidenheimer gun shop.

Testimony during the trial indicated Martin purchased the stolen handgun from another man, but Martin said he didn't know the gun was stolen.

Prosecutors proved the stolen handgun later was used in a shooting in Temple.

A federal court document says in February 2011 two other men conspired to steal firearms from a licensed federal firearms dealer in Heidenheimer.

The particular firearm in question is a Glock Model 27, .40 caliber semi-automatic pistol.

The court document says during the theft of the Glock, 12 other firearms were stolen from A&C Firearms on U.S. Highway 190 in Heidenheimer, as well.

Deputies of the Bell County Sheriff's Office were sent to the business in response to a burglar alarm.

As the investigation progressed, it became apparent that several individuals were involved, not only in the burglary, but also in the buying and selling of the stolen firearms.

On February 8, 2011, Temple Police Department received a call of shots fired at the Raintree Apartments in Temple.

Officers sent there interviewed a number of individuals about the shooting and were told that the suspects had all left the area.

A short time later a man who was identified as a witness to the shooting was stopped at the Canyon Creek Town homes.

He was carrying a backpack that contained marijuana and one of the firearms stolen from the gun shop.

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