Quinton Haywood, 27, faces 20 years in prison without parole after pleading guilty Tuesday in federal court to taking a shipment of Beretta firearms — including 600 .380-caliber handguns and 54 12-gauge shotguns — bound for a Bass Pro Shop back in October 2017.
Haywood’s co-defendants — Frank McChriston, 33; Keith Lowe, 28; Eric White, 26; and Derrick White, 32 — have not yet entered any pleas, according to court filings.
Federal investigators allege Haywood and the four other men broke into the UPS facility in Springfield, hot-wired two truck-tractors and used the vehicles to move trailers around the lot, thwarting security measures taken by staff. The men then gained access to two trailers containing the guns, a pallet of Justin Brand boots, a dozen cases of soda and “numerous power tools.”
The day after the heist, the men stole a moving truck from Best Way Moving & Storage. The truck was found a week later more than 430 miles away in Seagoville, Texas.
Investigators used cell phone tower records to connect the suspects to the UPS facility and the location of the stolen moving truck, according to court documents.
Authorities arrested Eric and Derrick White at Redneck Heaven Restaurant & Bar in Arlington, Texas on Nov. 19, 2017 on outstanding warrants. During the encounter, police found a stolen .380-caliber handgun in Derrick White’s car, as well as an unopened Milwaukee M18 2 Toll Combo Kit and two unopened SOG folding knives.
Investigators also found a Taurus 9mm pistol, two sets of bolt cutters and two key rings in Eric White’s car. The keys matched a type “commonly used for tractor trailer trucks and fork lifts,” according to the Department of Justice.