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Rochester Man Pleads Guilty In Gun Store Burglary

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 James P. Kennedy, Jr. announced today that Marcos D. Guzman, 35, of Rochester, NY, pleaded guilty to theft of firearms from a Federal Firearms Licensee and possession of firearms by a convicted felon before U.S. District Judge Elizabeth A. Wolford. The charges each carry a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Brett A. Harvey, who is handling the case, stated that Guzman, along with co-defendants Dakota Sarfaty and Luis D. Marcano-Agosto, broke into Chinappi’s Firearms & Supplies, a gun store located at 5016 West Ridge Road, Spencerport, New York, in the early morning hours of August 16, 2018. Sarfaty entered the basement through a hole in the wall and, together with Guzman and Marcano-Agosto, stole a total of approximately 87 firearms (almost all of which were handguns). Thereafter, Guzman, Sarfaty and Marcano-Agosto sold many of the firearms on the streets of Rochester. According to the plea agreement, law enforcement recovered 14 of the stolen firearms the day after the theft.

The plea is the result of an investigation by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives, under the direction of Special Agent-in-Charge Ashan Benedict, New York Field Division, the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office, under the direction of Sheriff Todd K. Baxter and the Rochester Police Department, under the direction of Chief La’Ron D. Singletary.

Sentencing is scheduled for July 29, 2019, at 2:00 p.m. before Judge Wolford.

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Updated May 8, 2019

Firearms Offenses