The aftermath of a string of thefts from a New York gun shop has sparked the seizure of the store’s remaining inventory by police.
Working in conjunction with state and federal authorities, the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office has stepped in and taken temporary custody of the firearms that once graced the racks of Chinappi’s Firearms and Supplies in Parma. The retailer has been the target of seven burglaries since 2007, including two since Aug. 11 that resulted in 45-50 guns stolen.
“This is a persistent problem. For more than a decade the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office has attempted to work with the owner to improve security for his facility,” said Sheriff Todd Baxter. “Failure to properly secure this store has resulted in a tremendous threat to the safety of the people of this county.”
Baxter told local media that “hundreds and hundreds of firearms” were removed from the store last week, along with pallets of ammunition, put into storage by the agency with the store owner’s permission. At the same time, city officials, the local fire marshal, as well as state and federal regulators are looking into the store’s history and security while the guns are elsewhere.
“We are going to take those and secure them in our facilities,” said Chief Deputy Michael Fowler at a press conference. “We are going to take safe-keeping of these firearms until that regulatory process can conclude and we can determine what measures should be taken to create a safe situation to continue to operate this business.”
Fowler stressed that the agency was not trying to force the shop owner out of business, but warns the path to reopening could be a lengthy one.
A suspect in one of the most recent burglaries, Dakota Sarfaty, 21, was arrested last week and charged with second-degree burglary, third-degree criminal mischief, and fourth-degree grand larceny. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives are attempting to recover the missing firearms.