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Arrest made in Fred Meyer handgun thefts


Public safety — Mark Reyna, 25, being held in Washington while investigation continues

An arrest has been made in the June theft of 22 handguns from the Newberg Fred Meyer store.

On June 21, Mount Vernon Washington Police arrested Mark Reyna, according to a press release from the Newberg-Dundee Police Department. Charged with attempting to elude police, possession of a stolen firearm and unlawful possession of a firearm, Reyna, 25, allegedly used a hammer stolen from Walmart in Woodburn to break the display case at Fred Meyer around 9 p.m. June 18 and place the handguns in a stolen backpack. The suspect was found on surveillance footage after Fred Meyer employees noticed the missing guns at 10:45 p.m. that evening.

In Mount Vernon, Reyna was spotted driving a black Audi and fled when officers attempted to contact him. After a short pursuit, Reyna exited the car and began fleeing on foot. Mount Vernon’s K9 team was in pursuit and when the dog caught up to him, Reyna allegedly began assaulting the animal. Once in custody, Reyna was sedated as he continued to resist arrest. He was booked into the Skagit County jail at that time.

It was when officers processed his vehicle for impound that a handgun was discovered under a seat. Officers were able to obtain all makes, models and serial numbers of the stolen guns at the time of the theft, so Mount Vernon officers quickly discovered the gun was listed as stolen by the NDPD.

Since the June 21 arrest, six additional guns from the burglary have been recovered as well as two handguns stolen in separate incidents. Two brothers, ages 20 and 22, were also arrested for possession stolen firearms and evidence related to the Fred Meyer burglary and were booked into the Skagit County Jail. The NDPD press release declined to name the individuals.

Reyna remains in custody at the Skagit CountyjJail on an investigative hold. The investigation is still ongoing and additional charges, including resisting arrest, third-degree assault and driving while license suspended/revoked, may be added upon completion.

NDPD Cpt. Jeff Kosmicki said a federal arrest warrant was also issued for Reyna, but further information on the charges or when it was issued were not available.