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Northern District of Ohio

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Canton Man Charged With Theft Of Firearms And Dealing Firearms Without A License

Oct. 18, 2013

Steven M. Dettelbach, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio, announced that a federal grand jury returned a 12-count indictment charging Renard Torrence, age 50, of Canton, Ohio, with engaging in the business of dealing in firearms without a license and with theft of firearms from federal firearms licensees.

Count 1 of the indictment charges that from in or about April 2013, to in or about August 2013, Torrence dealt in firearms without being a federally licensed firearms dealer.

Counts 2 through 12 of the indictment charges that Torrence stole firearms from Federal Firearms Licensees as listed below.






April 11, 2013

Smith & Wesson, Model SD40VE, .40 pistol

MC Guns LLC,
Medina, Ohio

June 11, 2013

Keltec, Model P11, 9mm pistol

All Seasons Sports Center, Inc., Wooster, Ohio


June 20, 2013

Bersa, Model Thunder, .380 pistol, and a Keltec, Model P11, 9mm pistol

Kames Sports Center, North Canton, Ohio


July 2, 2013

Smith & Wesson, Model SD9VE, 9mm pistol, and a Ruger, Model P89, 9mm pistol

Miller Gun Supply Ltd., Sugarcreek, Ohio


EAA, Model SARK2P, 9mm pistol, and a Smith & Wesson, Model SD9VE, 9mm pistol

Valley Gun & Collectables Inc., Strasburg, Ohio


July 17, 2013

Smith & Wesson, Model MP40, .40 pistol, and a Beretta, Model 92FS, 9mm pistol

Midwest Gun Club, Canal Fulton, Ohio


July 19, 2013

Glock, Model 21, .45 pistol, and a Keltec, model P32, .32 pistol

Pro Armament Co. Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio


July 25, 2013

Kahr, Model CW9, 9mm pistol, and a Smith & Wesson, Model SD40, .40 pistol

Top Gun Supply, Chesterland, Ohio


July 29, 2013

Smith & Wesson, Model MP9, 9mm pistol, and a Keltec, Model PF9, 9mm pistol

The Hunt’n Shack, Carrollton, Ohio


July 31, 2013

Smith & Wesson, Model SD9VE, 9mm pistol, and a Smith & Wesson, Model MP15, .223 rifle

Apex Powersports, New Philadelphia, Ohio


August 5, 2013

Taurus, Model PT92, 9mm pistol, a Smith & Wesson, Model MP40, .40 pistol, and a Marlin, Model 75C, .22 rifle

Top Shot Firearms LLC, Ravenna, Ohio

If convicted, the defendant’s sentence will be determined by the Court after review of factors unique to this case, including the defendant’s prior criminal record, if any, the defendant’s role in the offense and the characteristics of the violations.  In all cases, the sentence will not exceed the statutory maximum and, in most cases, it will be less than the maximum.

The investigation preceding the indictment was conducted by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office.  The matter is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney David M. Toepfer.

An indictment in only a charge and is not evidence of guilt.  A defendant is entitled to a fair trial in which it will be the government’s burden to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

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Updated March 12, 2015