NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (WAVY) — Four Newport News residents have been sentenced for stealing more than 30 guns during an August 2015 break-in at Southern Police Equipment, a federally-licensed firearms dealer.
Xavier Greene, 21, Deshawn Shields, 20, Mariah Walker, 20, and Endyia Washington, 26, all pleaded guilty to the burglary. They have each been sentenced as well, and were ordered to pay more than $26,000 in restitution to the victims.
Court documents say on August 7, 2015, Greene, Shields, Walker and Washington drove from Newport News to Richmond with a plan to steal guns from a pawn shop. The group decided to abandon one store because of heavy police presence in the area before they went to Southern Police Equipment. Washington and Walker dropped off Greene and Shields behind the building, where they tried to disable security alarms and cameras by ripping the power box off the building. Prosecutors say Greene and Shields then broke into the building, causing thousands of dollars in damage, gathered over 30 guns, including rifles, handguns and a shotgun. Walker and Washington then picked up the men and drove back to Newport News.
Once they returned, Greene invited gang members from the 36th Street Bang Squad to come to Washington’s home to pick up the guns. More firearms were given to another Bang Squad member in Hampton to sell.
The gang is a criminal street gang on the Peninsula, who prosecutors say are responsible for shootings, murders, robberies and other violent crimes. Greene was a member.
Stolen guns in this case have been recovered in Hampton, Newport News, Virginia Beach and other places.