Westminster Man Pleads Guilty In Theft Scheme

He could get 10 years in prison at sentencing in November.

Baltimore, Md (KM)  A Westminster man, who formerly lived in Dundalk, pleaded guilty Wednesday in US District Court in Baltimore to interstate transportation of stolen goods in connection with a theft scheme.  He sold  property stolen from kiosks in shopping malls. The US Attorney’s Office for Maryland says Brian Nelson Halsey, 52, operated a scheme where a co-conspirator stole items from shopping mall kiosks in Missouri, Illinois and South Carolina.

The stolen items, mostly designer sunglasses, were then sold them online from Halsey’s home in Dundalk. The scheme operated from October 7, 2014 to March 29th, 2016.

According to the US Attorney’s Office, Halsey’s co-conspirator broke into the kiosks and stores in shopping malls, and sold merchandise which he brought to Maryland. The property was sold through an online market. He used the US Postal Service and commercial carriers to deliver the stolen property to buyers.

On August 28th, 2015, law enforcement officers searched Halsey’s home and recovered more than $200,000 worth of stolen designer sunglasses, along with a printing and labeling system, and a cache of documents relating to the sales of sunglasses online. Also found by officers were lock pick kits, and atlases and street maps.

Federal officials say Halsey admitted that more than five individuals took part in the scheme, helping him ship the stolen sunglasses. The estimated loss is $500,000.

Halsey could get up to 10 years in prison when he’s sentenced on November 15th, 2016. As part of his plea agreement, Halsey must pay restitution in full for the victim’s losses.

The estimated loss is $500,000.

Halsey is scheduled to be sentenced November 15th. Federal officials say he faces a maximum of ten-years in prison.