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Rochester Man Charged With Possession Of Stolen Guns

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Western District of New York

CONTACT:      Barbara Burns
PHONE:         (716) 843-5817
FAX:            (716) 551-3051
ROCHESTER, N.Y.-U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul Jr. announced today that Ramel Robinson, 21, of Rochester, NY, was charged by criminal complaint in connection with his unlawful possession of firearms which had been stolen from the residence at 184 Clay Avenue in Rochester. The charges carry a maximum penalty of 10 years, a fine of $250,000, or both.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Douglas E. Gregory, who is handling the case, stated that according to the complaint, Robinson entered the residence at 184 Clay Street on September 9, 2015 and stole a gun safe. The safe contained five firearms and numerous rounds of ammunition.

After learning of the burglary, state and federal law enforcement officers essentially shut down the area near Clay and Lyell Avenue in an attempt to locate the stolen firearms. During the execution of a search warrant at 350 Clay Avenue, investigators recovered two firearms, including a Mossberg Maverick Arms 12 gauge shotgun and a Ruger 05806 KMini-30P, 7.62 x 39 mm semi-automatic rifle. The firearms were identified by the victim of the burglary at 184 Clay Avenue as two of the five firearms stolen earlier that day. On September 14, 2015, Robinson was arrested by Rochester Police officers for allegedly operating a stolen vehicle.

Robinson will make an initial appearance on September 18, 2015, at 11:00 a.m. before U.S. Magistrate Judge Jonathan W. Feldman.

The criminal complaint is the result of an investigation by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Delano A. Reid, New York Field Division, by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the Rochester Police Department, under the direction of Chief Michael Ciminelli.

The fact that a defendant has been charged with a crime is merely an accusation and the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

Updated September 18, 2015