THIRD MAN CONVICTED OF STEALING GUNS FROM STORAGE
By Julia Cheever, Bay City News Service
January 28, 2006
SAN FRANCISCO (BCN) - The last of three men who stole
127 guns and rifles from a storage locker in Millbrae four years
ago has been convicted in federal court in San Francisco.
U.S. Attorney Kevin Ryan said today that Wayne Standart, 39,
of Daly City, was convicted by a federal jury on Thursday of conspiracy
to possess stolen firearms and possession of stolen firearms.
The trial in the court of U.S. District Judge Susan Illston lasted
two weeks. Standart is to be sentenced by Illston on May 12.
He faces a possible maximum sentence of 15 years in prison, but
the actual sentence will be determined after consideration of
federal sentencing guidelines.
Ryan said the other two defendants, Arthur Gates and Thomas Schoenstein,
pleaded guilty on Feb. 11 and Jan. 5.
The theft from a locker at Annie's Attic in Millbrae was discovered
in August 2004 when Fresno police recovered a stolen gun during
The gun owner, a Silicon Valley executive who had not visited
the storage locker since placing firearms there in December 2001,
was notified and discovered that all but two of the weapons had
An affidavit filed in the case in 2004 by agent Tommy Ho of the
Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives said that
Gates, a San Mateo resident, told authorities he was picking locks
at Annie's Attic at random when he came across the locker with
the guns late in 2002.
The affidavit said that Gates took a few pistols and returned
a week later with the other two men to steal most of the remaining
The firearms included rifles, shotguns, pistols and revolvers.
Ryan said 24 of the stolen weapons have been recovered by various
law enforcement agencies.
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