Man admits to stealing 31 guns from Kingsbury store

Man admits to theft of guns from Calamity Janes

Salem man admits to theft of guns from Calamity Jane's in Kingsbury.

A Washington County man has admitted to stealing 31 semiautomatic guns from a Kingsbury store.

Martin Taft, 48, of Salem, pleaded guilty in federal court on Thursday to one weapons charge and one count charge related to drug offenses.

He and co-conspirator Jonathon Combs used a sledgehammer to Calamity Jane’s Firearms and Fine Shoes on Oct. 21, 2022, and steal the weapons, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

The men then exchanged most of the guns for drugs, which they intended to distribute, prosecutors said.

Taft faces up to life in prison, a fine of up to $250,000, and up to five-years of post-release supervision when sentenced on Feb. 24, 2024. 

Combs pleaded guilty to the same charges on April 27, plus a count of theft of firearm from a licensed dealer. He faces the same punishment. His sentencing is scheduled for Nov. 28.

Kwahpreme Mitchell, 32, still faces charges in the case.