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Two Indicted in Two Nighttime Firearms Thefts

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 19, 2010

NORFOLK, Va. – A federal grand jury sitting in Norfolk, Va., has indicted two individuals, Tehran Townsend, 29, and Roshawn Turner, 24, both of Norfolk, for conspiracy, stealing firearms, dealing in firearms,  possessing and concealing stolen firearms and possessing firearms and ammunition after being convicted felons.

Neil H. MacBride, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, made the announcement after the indictment was returned by the grand jury. 

“Today’s charges are a result of our ongoing effort to protect our communities by keeping guns out of the hands of convicted felons and alleged gang members,” said U.S. Attorney MacBride.

U.S. Attorney MacBride also praised the close coordination, partnership, and ongoing cooperation of Harvey L. Bryant, III and the Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office of Virginia Beach.   Virginia Beach is prosecuting Delvon Gray, age 20, of Norfolk, on charges related to the same nighttime Armory Theft.

According to the five-count indictment and the criminal complaints on file, the defendants are alleged to have been involved in a two nighttime thefts of firearms resulting in 40 firearms being stolen.  The first theft occurred in Gaston, N.C., and the second occurred in Virginia Beach, Va., four days later. The firearms were then allegedly sold to gang members locally and to gang members in New York.  So far, approximately eight firearms have been recovered in New York, Norfolk and Virginia Beach.

This case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Virginia Beach and Norfolk Police Departments.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Kevin Comstock is prosecuting the case on behalf of the United States.

Criminal complaints and indictments are only charges and not evidence of guilt. A defendant is presumed to be innocent until and unless proven guilty.

A copy of this press release may be found on the website of the United States Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Virginia at http://www.usdoj.gov/usao/vae. Related court documents and information may be found on the website of the District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia at http://www.vaed.uscourts.gov or on http://pacer.uspci.uscourts.gov.

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