Avowed white supremacist is one of 5 men who stole 47 guns from Portland pawn shop using sledgehammer, feds s - OregonLive

One of the video surveillance images from the break-in to Pawn Central off Southeast Stark Street, according to a federal complaint.
An avowed white supremacist is back in federal custody, one of five men who prosecutors say busted through a Southeast Portland pawn shop last month using a sledgehammer and stole 47 guns worth about $20,000.
Kory Dean Boyd, 38, was arrested after federal agents searched his residence with a warrant and recovered eight guns, including seven stolen from an overnight break-in last month at Pawn Central LLC in the 12200 block of Southeast Stark Street.
He made his first appearance Monday in federal court.
The burglary occurred sometime between late Jan. 29 and early Jan. 30.
But it wasn’t until the morning of Jan. 31 that shop owners discovered two large holes in the concrete block west wall of the building and guns missing.
Dozens of firearms — pistols, revolvers, rifles and shotguns — were missing from metal and wooden racks in the exposed room of the shop, according to agent Eric Livengood of the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.
The owners had received notice of several alarm activations at the business over the previous few days. They responded to some of them and said they checked the doors and windows and left when they found them secured. They told federal investigators they hadn’t, however, checked the back exterior wall of the shop.
Several large trash containers were placed in front of the two holes in the wall to conceal them, Livengood wrote in a criminal complaint unsealed Monday.
Video surveillance revealed two people carrying a suspected sledgehammer and several others hauling rifle cases out to waiting vehicles, according to the complaint.
One of the alarms went off during the burglary, but this was one of the times the owners came but left after finding nothing amiss, Assistant U.S. Attorney Lewis Burkhart wrote.
“The burglars brazenly returned” to steal more guns, according to Burkhart.
Surveillance footage showed two vehicles – a dark gray Ford Explorer and blue Jeep Liberty SUV – and five people near the holes in the building during the late evening and early morning hours.
Federal agents obtained information that Boyd was involved in the theft, according to the complaint. They also learned that Boyd already was under investigation by the FBI and Clackamas County Interagency Task Force, which had previously set up a camera on Boyd’s residence on Southeast 187th Avenue, in an unrelated case.
ATF agents reviewed the surveillance from outside Boyd’s home the night of the pawn shop break-in and believed it captured men carrying gun cases from a dark gray Ford Explorer, according to Burkhart.
Investigators linked Kory Boyd to the pawn shop burglary and theft of firearms through video surveillance images from his home obtained by the FBI in a separate investigation, they said.
Federal agents obtained a warrant and searched Boyd’s apartment last Wednesday.
In addition to seven guns stolen from the pawn shop and one other gun, investigators found four empty gun boxes that contained serial numbers matching four other guns stolen from the shop, according to the prosecution. A large handheld sledgehammer with a yellow handle was also recovered, according to Livengood.
Boyd was arrested and told investigators that he drove his vehicle to the pawn shop and acted as a lookout while others loaded guns into the car, according to Burkhart.
He said he and another man, who he identified only as “Cracker Jack,” were involved, according to the complaint.
Boyd is accused of stealing firearms from a federal firearm licensee and illegally possessing firearms as a convicted felon. At his appearance in U.S. District Court in Portland, Magistrate Judge Stacie F. Beckerman ordered him to remain in custody.
“Defendant and his coconspirators did not commit a run-of-the-mill burglary,” Burkhart wrote to the judge. “They brought a sledgehammer and put a hole in the side of the building to steal firearms. After tripping the alarm, the assailants left, returned to Defendant’s house, and then returned to steal more firearms. They stole an astounding forty-seven firearms. While law enforcement located Defendant only days later, there are at least thirty-five firearms unaccounted for.’'
The theft of so many guns is always disturbing, the prosecutor noted.
“However, when coupled with the unprecedented gun violence in Portland, the theft and unknown location of thirty-five firearms is alarming,” Burkhart said.
A record number of people, at least 92, were killed in Portland homicides last year. So far this year, 12 homicides have occurred in the city, all gun-related.
Four alleged accomplices are still being sought in the pawn shop burglary, as are the dozens of stolen guns.
Boyd was convicted in 2016 of attacking a Black man at a bar in downtown Vancouver and was sentenced then to two years and 10 months in federal prison, followed by three years of supervised release.
An admitted white supremacist, Boyd started attacking the man when he refused to leave the bar, according to federal court records. Boyd threw a pint glass that narrowly missed the victim’s head while he repeatedly yelled “white power” and called the man by a racist slur as he urged his friends to stab the man, Burkhart wrote in a court memo. The victim suffered minor physical injuries, according to prosecutors.
“The attack was unprovoked and completed based” on Boyd’s racist beliefs, the prosecutor wrote to the court.
Since 2003, Boyd has had over 13 convictions, ranging from misdemeanor thefts to assaults, robberies and attempted burglary.
— Maxine Bernstein
Email at mbernstein@oregonian.com; 503-221-8212
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