For Immediate Release
Thursday, March 9, 2017
, United States Attorney
Contact: Ryan Holmes
Three Indicted Related To Stolen Firearms
Chicago Field Division
SOUTH BEND – The United States Attorney for the Northern District of Indiana, David Capp, announced 2 separate indictments charging three individuals for involvement in the movement of stolen firearms in Fulton and Wabash Counties. Named in the indictments are:
- Robert M. Hoy, 21, of North Manchester, Indiana - One count of stealing firearms from a Federal Firearms Licensee (FFL)
- Jose Rogelio Vera-Diaz aka Rogelio Diaz, 21, of Mexico - One count of stealing firearms from a FFL
- Charles M. Hammer, 30, of North Manchester, Indiana - One count of felon in possession of a firearm
According to documents in this case, on November 20, 2016, Hoy and Diaz stole one or more firearms from the Sand Burr Gun Ranch, which is licensed to engage in the business of importing, manufacturing, or dealing in firearms. In November and December of 2016, Hammer possessed a firearm after having previously been convicted of a felony offense.
The United States Attorney's Office emphasized that an Indictment is merely an allegation and that all persons charged are presumed innocent until, and unless, proven guilty in court.
If convicted in court, any specific sentence to be imposed will be determined by the judge after a consideration of federal sentencing statutes and the Federal Sentencing Guidelines.
This investigation was conducted by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives in coordination with the Fulton County Sheriff’s Department, the North Manchester Police Department and the Wabash County Sheriff’s Department. This case is being handled by Assistant United States Attorney Molly E. Donnelly.