An 18-year-old Gillette man has been charged with two counts of aggravated burglary after allegedly stealing about 29 handguns and three AR-15 semiautomatic rifles from 4T Pawn on Saturday.
If convicted, Devon M. Gerlosky faces sentences of five to 25 years in prison on each of the counts, as well as up to 10 years for allegedly stealing a silver 2001 Pontiac Grand Am that he and another teen, age 15, used in the crime, according to an affidavit of probable cause filed in the case.
Gerlosky was identified by several people who saw surveillance video posted by Crime Stoppers over the weekend, according to Gillette police.
The younger boy also was arrested over the weekend, but his name was not released because he is a juvenile.
Gerlosky allegedly gave the guns to a friend, who had asked him earlier about stealing the guns because he could sell them in Denver. Gerlosky told police he took them to the man after the burglary and thought he would be paid $3,000 once they were sold in Denver, according to the affidavit.
Police Lt. Brent Wasson said that after the two arrests, police were able to identify others involved.
“We are working with ATF and we have additional suspects identified,” Wasson said. “We expect additional arrests to be made.”
The burglary was discovered Saturday morning when the owner of 4T Pawn arrived at work and found the guns missing. Police watched the store’s surveillance video, which recorded a middle window being broken out at 3:03 a.m. and a large duffle bag tossed through the window.
A person wearing a baseball cap, long-sleeved shirt, pants, a mask and no shoes jumped through the window. He tried to open and break into a glass case containing pistols, but then was able to open it from behind the counter. He loaded the pistols and rifles into the bag and handed the bag out the window to another person, according to the affidavit.
While investigating, police found a receipt from Walmart outside of the pawn shop. The sale was stamped as happening at 2:28 a.m. Saturday at the Gillette Walmart, which is only a few blocks away from 4T Pawn.
Surveillance video from Walmart showed a young man buying two long-sleeved shirts, one matching the clothing worn by the suspect in the 4T Pawn video, according to the affidavit. When he left the store, he got into a silver Pontiac Grand Am.
At about noon Saturday, a man reported his Pontiac Grand Am stolen from his home on Georgia Circle. He had left the car unlocked with the keys inside.
Once the video of Gerlowsky was posted to Facebook by Crime Stoppers, he called police and showed up for an interview. He denied stealing the car and suggested that the wind blew the receipt from the Walmart parking lot to 4T Pawn, according to the affidavit. Police arrested him.
Early the next morning, he asked to talk to police again and admitted burglarizing 4T Pawn, which he said he planned a week in advance with two other men, one of whom said he had a person in Denver looking for guns, according to the affidavit.
Gerlowsky said he and the teenager went car hopping trying to find a car with keys to steal. He also told police he stole two other guns from vehicles in the Westover Hills area, one of which was used to break out the window at 4T Pawn, according to the affidavit.
The two also allegedly returned to 4T Pawn later after realizing they hadn’t looked for cash at the store. Gerlosky denied going into the store a second time, saying it was the juvenile who did that, but no money was found.
The teen told police he stood as lookout during the burglary. He also said that during the second burglary, Devon went in and while he couldn’t find any cash, he found another pistol, according to court documents.
Police found the two guns taken from other vehicles at the 15-year-old’s home.
A preliminary hearing for Gerlosky is scheduled for July 12 in Circuit Court. At his initial appearance in court Monday, his bond was set at $10,000 cash only.