Guns and ammunition seized in two raids

The Baltimore Sun

Members of the Baltimore Gun Tracing Task Force raided a Glen Burnie pawn shop and the owner's Northwest Baltimore home yesterday, seizing more than 250 guns and multiple crates of ammunition two weeks after the owner pleaded guilty to a felony.

Police said the owner of B&A; Pawn was not charged with a crime yesterday. The state police licensing division revoked the firearm dealer's license for B&A; Pawn yesterday, and investigators from the task force - made up of officers from Baltimore, Baltimore County and the state - are examining weapons and reviewing sales records looking for possible violations.

In June, Anne Arundel police shut down the store, in the 7600 block of Baltimore and Annapolis Boulevard, and arrested its owner, Lee Harold Graham, 59.

Graham, of the 3400 block of Pinkney Road in Northwest Baltimore, pleaded guilty Jan. 29 to one count of theft over $500, receiving an 18-month suspended sentence and three years of supervised probation. But the felony conviction means he is no longer allowed to possess firearms.

That conviction stemmed from a raid in which police found hundreds of thousands of dollars' worth of jewelry hidden in backroom safes, including a $45,000 diamond ring that had been stolen from an 88-year-old Montgomery County woman, police said.

A county police detective wrote in charging documents at the time that he had received numerous complaints from other pawnshops and victims about B&A; Pawn's business practices, including concerns about reporting of pawned items and storage and holding of precious metal objects.

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