Police: Convicted felon arrested after buying stolen guns


Published: Thursday, August 7, 2014 at 12:03 p.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, August 7, 2014 at 12:03 p.m.

A Gainesville man was arrested Wednesday on allegations he bought two stolen guns that were taken during a July burglary for which three other men already have been arrested.

Keith E. Torres, 35, bought a Bushman AR-15 assault rifle and Mossberg 800 shotgun that had been reported stolen July 10 from a home in the 4000 block of Northwest 27th Way, the Gainesville Police Department reported.

Police say Torres bought the guns from Coury P. Walters, 25, an associate of two men who were arrested in connection with two burglaries -- Matthew Scott Goedeck, 25, and Brandon Avery Singletary, 24.

Goedeck and Singletary are accused of stealing more than $2,500 in electronics, jewelry and guns from the two homes.

Walters was arrested Tuesday after allegedly pawning a Samsung TV that was stolen during one of the burglaries, and police say while in custody he admitted to brokering the gun sale between Torres and the two burglars.

Torres bought the guns for $300, and Walters got $75 for setting up the deal, police said.

After Goedeck and Walters allegedly admitted to the deal, police contacted Torres, and he brought them to his home at 2108 NE Third Place. Torres showed officers the two guns, which were being stored next to two handguns – both of which had been reported stolen out of Levy County.

Court records show Torres has 36 felony convictions ranging from domestic battery to insurance fraud.

Torres was arrested on felony charges of dealing in stolen property, grand theft of a firearm and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. He was booked into the Alachua County jail, where he remained Wednesday in lieu of a $20,000 bond.

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