NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (WVEC) -- Four people from Newport News have been sentenced for stealing over 30 firearms from Southern Police Equipment in 2015.
21-year-old Xavier Greene, 20-year-old Deshawn Shields, 20-year-old Mariah Walker, and 26-year-old Endyia Washington all pleaded guilty to burglary. The four defendants were ordered to pay restitution of $26,582.76 to the victims.
According to court documents, Greene, Shields, Walker, and Washington all drove from Newport News to Richmond on August 7, 2015. They had planned to steal firearms from a pawn shop. The group decided to not the steal from the original location due to heavy police presence and instead stole from Southern Police Equipment.
Greene and Shields were dropped off behind the building so that they could attempt to disable security measures by ripping the power box off of the building. Greene and Shields then entered the building, causing thousands of dollars in damage, and grabbed over 30 firearms, including rifles, handguns, and a shot gun. Walker and Washington then picked up the other two and drove back to Newport News.
Once the group had gotten back to Newport News, Greene invited multiple gang members from the 36th Street Bang Squad to his home in order to pick up the weapons. The 36th Street Bang Squad is known as a hybrid criminal street gang that is responsible for shootings, murders, and other violent crimes around the peninsula. Green was a member.
The stolen firearms have been recovered from Hampton, Newport News, and Virginia Beach.
Washington was sentenced to 60 months in prison, Shields was sentenced to 96 months, Walker was sentenced to 65 months, and Greene was sentenced to 120 months.