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Rochester Man Sentenced To 13 Years In Prison For Chinappi's Gun Store Burglaries

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 Luis D. Marcano-Agosto, 36, of Rochester, NY, who was convicted of theft of firearms from a Federal Firearms Licensee and possession of firearms by a convicted felon, was sentenced to serve 156 months in prison by U.S. District Judge Elizabeth A. Wolford. The defendant was also ordered to pay $41,500 in restitution to August Chinappi, the victim of the burglary and the former owner of Chinappi’s Firearms & Supplies.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Brett A. Harvey, who handled the case, stated that Marcano-Agosto, along with co-defendants Dakota Sarfaty and Marcos D. Guzman, broke into Chinappi’s Firearms & Supplies – a gun store located at 5016 West Ridge Road in Spencerport, NY – in the early morning hours on August 16, 2018, and stole a total of 87 firearms. Sarfaty entered the basement through the hole in the wall and, together with Marcano-Agosto and Guzman, stole the guns, almost all of which were handguns. Thereafter, Guzman, Sarfaty and Marcano-Agosto sold many of the firearms on the streets of Rochester. Sarfaty also previously broke into Chinappi’s Firearms & Supplies and stole six firearms on August 12, 2018.

To date, approximately 31 of the stolen firearms have been recovered by law enforcement.  The remainder of the stolen firearms have not yet been recovered.

Sarfaty was convicted and sentenced to serve 175 months in prison, while Guzman was convicted and sentenced to serve 240 months in prison.

The sentencing is the result of an investigation by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, under the direction of Special Agent-in-Charge John B. Devito, New York Field Division; the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office, under the direction of Sheriff Todd Baxter; and the Rochester Police Department, under the direction of Chief Cynthia Herrion-Sullivan.

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Updated June 2, 2021

Firearms Offenses