Sentence handed down in gun shop burglary
A Norfolk man got a sentence of 10 years to serve Thursday for his role in an Aug. 26 burglary at a Suffolk gun shop.
Maleek Wilson, 19, was sentenced in Suffolk Circuit Court by Judge Carl E. Eason Jr.
Wilson was one of four charged after the burglary, in which a stolen Chevrolet Avalanche was driven through the front entrance of the store in the early morning hours. The suspects then fled with 17 firearms, various ammunition and two tactical bulletproof vests.
Three of the stolen weapons were later found in Norfolk in the hands of known gang members, according to a press release from the Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office.
Wilson pleaded guilty to burglary, grand larceny of a firearm, felony destruction of property and gang participation.
Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Carmen T. Cabrero urged the court to impose a lengthy term of active incarceration.
“The defendant’s actions demonstrated a pattern of destruction and violence aimed towards arming a criminal street gang,” she stated.
Wilson’s other adult co-defendant, Elijah Hicks, also 19, pleaded guilty in April. He is set for sentencing June 24. Two juveniles were also charged in the crime. At the time of arrest, they were age 17, of Norfolk, and 15, of Virginia Beach.
CE Tactical was burglarized again less than two months after the August crime. The store later moved from its former location in a Holland Road shopping center to one on Godwin Boulevard.