NEWBERG, Ore. – Police in Washington arrested a man suspected of stealing 22 handguns from a Newberg Fred Meyer last month, the Newberg-Dundee Police Department said Monday.
Mark A. Reyna was arrested a month ago by police officers in Mount Vernon, Washington. Police said he stole the guns just after 9 p.m. June 18.
Police said they didn't issue Monday's press release about the arrest because they wanted to protect the safety of the detectives involved, the integrity of the investigation and to recover stolen property.
The guns at the Fred Meyer were for sale and in a locked display case, according to Newberg-Dundee Capt. Jeff Kosmicki. The suspect put the guns inside a backpack he took from the store, Kosmicki said. He left the store through the front door.
Police obtained the serial numbers, makes and models of the stolen guns and entered that information into the National Crime Information Center and the Law Enforcement Data Systems.
Reyna was arrested after a short car chase in his black Audi around 7:30 p.m. June 21, Kosmicki said. An off-duty Mount Vernon police officer, aware of warrants out on Reyna, spotted him and his car and alerted on-duty police.
After the chase, Kosmicki said Reyna fled from his car. A police dog found Reyna and Kosmicki said he assaulted the dog and resisted arrest. In fact, Reyna had to be sedated after he was finally taken into custody, Kosmicki said.
After Reyna was arrested, Kosmicki said Mount Vernon officers found a handgun under the suspect's car seat. Police said they learned the gun was stolen because Newberg police had entered it into the database. And a police officer also recognized Reyna as the suspect in the Newberg thefts from his picture that had been distributed by police. That officer contacted Newberg-Dundee police to share case information.
Reyna is being held in the Skagit County Jail. He was charged July 3 with attempting to elude police, possession of a stolen firearm and unlawful possession of a firearm. He may also be charged with resisting arrest, assault in the third degree and driving with a suspended license later, Kosmicki said.
Detectives also interviewed witnesses and Reyna's family members. They also served search warrants on homes and vehicles in the Mount Vernon area and found six more guns police said were stolen from the Fred Meyer. They also said they found another gun stolen from Skagit County and a handgun they have yet to determine its origin.
Police also arrested two of Reyna's brothers for possessing stolen firearms. But police say the brothers don't appear to have been directly involved in the thefts of the Fred Meyer guns.