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Department of Justice

U.S. Attorney's Office
Northern District of New York

For Immediate Release

Friday, February 5, 2016
Richard S. Hartunian
, United States Attorney
Contact: AUSA Richard Southwick

Two Syracuse Men Charged In Gunstore Thefts

Nine Handguns Stolen in November 2014 Break-in

SYRACUSE, NEW YORK – Andrew Grady, 21, and Leron Ross, 24, both of Syracuse, New York, were charged today in federal court in a criminal complaint alleging they were members of conspiracy to steal firearms from Intimidator Sports in Nedrow, New York, a licensed federal firearms dealer. The complaint also alleges that both defendants aided and abetted in the commission of a break-in and the theft of firearms at this location on November 20, 2014, announced United States Attorney Richard S. Hartunian.

Andrew Grady was arrested yesterday by Special Agents of the United States Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives (“ATF”) and Detectives of the Onondaga County Sheriff’s Office, and made his appearance today in Syracuse, New York, before United States Magistrate Judge David E. Peebles. Grady is detained pending a hearing scheduled for February 10, 2016.

Leron Ross is currently incarcerated in the custody of the New York State Department of Correctional Services and will make his appearance in the future when scheduled by the court. The complaint alleges that the burglary resulted in the theft of nine (9) handguns when the glass doors of the store were smashed during a burglary in the early morning hours of November 20, 2014.

The Theft of Firearms From a Licensed Dealer charge carries a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison, a fine of up to $250,000.00 and a term of supervised release of up to 3 years. The Conspiracy to Commit the Firearms Thefts carries a maximum sentence of up to five years (5) in prison. Sentences are imposed by a judge based upon the particular statute the defendant is charged with violating, the United States Sentencing Guidelines and other factors.

The charges in the complaint are merely accusations. The defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty.

This case is being investigated by The United States Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives and the Onondaga County Sheriff’s Office, and is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Emmet O’Hanlon and Richard Southwick.

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