SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – Five Texas men were indicted by a federal grand jury for stealing 650 firearms from UPS trailers in Springfield, on the way to Bass Pro Shops.
According to a news release from the office of the U.S. Attorney, Frank McChriston, 33, of Ponder, Texas; Keith Lowe, 28, of Dallas, Texas; Quinton Haywood, 26, of Glenn Heights, Texas; and Eric White, 26, and Derrick White, 32, both of Texas, were arrested in Texas and are now charged in a two-count indictment.
Each man is charged with one count of aiding and abetting one another to steal firearms being shipped across state lines and to possess stolen weapons.
According to an affidavit, the five stolen the firearms, along with other cargo, from UPS trailers in Springfield in October, while the firearms were being shipped from Beretta Firearms in Maryland to Bass Pro Shops.
The trailers were parked in a UPS freight lot in a way that should have prevented someone from backing a truck-tractor up to the trailer and pulling it, according to the news release.
According to the news release, “thieves” hot-wired two truck-tractors sometime between noon on Oct. 28 and 8:30 a.m. on Oct. 29.
After gaining access to trailer doors, “thieves” stole 600 Beretta .380 handguns and 54 Beretta 12-gauge shotguns, a pallet of Justin brand boots, power tools and 12 cases of soda, according to the news release.
UPS found the theft on Oct. 29. On Oct. 30, Best Way Moving and Storage found a truck was stolen on Oct. 28. That truck was found on Nov. 8 in Seagoville, Texas.
Investigators used cell phone towers to find that the men’s cell phones left the Dallas Metroplex on Oct. 27, arrived in Springfield the next day and returned to Dallas on Oct. 29. Haywood’s phone was also found where the stolen truck was recovered.
According to a news release, Eric and Derrick White were arrested on Nov. 19 and a Beretta .380-caliber handgun was found in Derrick White’s car.
The case is being investigated by the Springfield Police Department and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.