The owner of a tattoo parlor that was burglarized in Frederick recognized the man seen on video surveillance footage by the ink art on this left forearm, police said.
Frederick police officers spotted two men on surveillance footage taken from a store next to the Classic Electric Tattoo at 43 S. Market St. from the early morning of Sept. 4, 2013, according to charging documents filed in Frederick County District Court. The store owner identified one of the men as Max M. Goransson, 20, who had gotten a tattoo done at the store a month before, police said.
Surveillance footage taken from the Canal Bar and Grill down the street showed two men using a connecting deck to enter the store, the documents state.
Detectives noticed a large, distinct tattoo on the left forearm of one of the two men, and the owner of the store also recognized his work and provided police the name of his former client, according to police.
Police went to the store shortly after 4 a.m. for reports of a break-in, but nothing was discovered stolen until employees returned later that day and found two firearms, several cellphones and small electronics missing, according to the charging documents.
Goransson refused to consent to three different warrants to collect a DNA sample for the investigation following the burglary report, but police were able to take a DNA sample from a bottle of water Goransson drank from when he was arrested for an unrelated offense Dec. 16, 2013, according to charging documents.
Finally, one of the guns reported stolen, a .357-caliber Smith and Wesson, was recovered by Maryland State Police investigating an incident March 11, the documents state.
Goransson’s DNA sample was compared with DNA removed from a flashlight left at the scene of the burglary. State police forensic experts told city police April 29 that Goransson could not be excluded as the primary contributor for the DNA removed from the flashlight, police said.
Goransson was charged with three counts of second-degree burglary, two counts of second-degree burglary and a single count of theft over $1,000 and under $10,000, according to charging documents.
A preliminary hearing in Goransson’s case was scheduled to take place Oct. 8 in Frederick County District Court, according to an online search of court records. Goransson was already in the Frederick County Adult Detention Center on unrelated charges when burglary charges were filed against him, the documents state.