U.S. Department of Justice
United States Attorney
Northern District of Ohio
Northern District of Ohio
For Immediate Release
August 5, 2011
Steven M. Dettelbach, United States Attorney
Contact: Mike Tobin, Director of Community Relations
Three Sentenced on Burglary of Great Lakes Outdoor Supply
Steven M. Dettelbach, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio, and Robert Browning, Special Agent in Charge, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), Columbus Field Division, today announced that Dwayne Freeman, age 41; Edward E. Brown, age 41; and Isabel Abdur–Razzaque, age 51, all of Cleveland, Ohio, were sentenced after pleading guilty to charges of conspiracy, theft of firearms from a Federal Firearms Licensee, being a felon in possession of firearms, and possession of stolen firearms. All three defendants appeared before Judge Donald C. Nugent this afternoon and were sentenced as follows:
- Edward E. Brown - 15 years imprisonment;
- Dwayne Freeman - 14 years imprisonment; and
- Isabel Abdur-Razzaque - 8 months of house arrest and two years probation.
The charges were a result of a joint investigation conducted by ATF, the Chester Township Police Department, Cleveland Police Department and the Ohio Adult Parole Authority relating to the burglary of Great Lakes Outdoor Supply.
In August, 2010, Dwayne Freeman, Edward E. Brown and Isabel Abdur–Razzaque conspired to break into Great Lakes Outdoor Supply in Chesterland, Ohio, to steal firearms that they could sell at a later time. Abdur–Razzaque placed a bogus telephone call to the Chester Township Police Department, stating that she was being assaulted by her boyfriend. Police responded to the call at the address supplied by Abdur–Razzaque and discovered the address to be unoccupied. At the time police were responding to the bogus call, Freeman and Brown drove a van into Great Lakes Outdoor Supply and stole 58 firearms from the store’s display cases.
Freeman was also charged with possessing 58 stolen firearms, after he had been previously convicted of Robbery in the Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court and Aggravated Robbery in the Franklin County Common Pleas Court; and Brown with possessing the 58 stolen firearms, including a Heckler & Koch, model SL8, .223 rifle, and a Smith & Wesson, model M&P, 9mm pistol, after he had been previously convicted of Aggravated Burglary in the Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court.
The matter was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney David M. Toepfer.
United States Attorney Steven M. Dettelbach said,
This case sends an strong message to those who would steal and then illegally sell guns on the streets of Northeast Ohio. Not only is this behavior intolerable, it will be punished severely. I am very proud of the work done by ATF and our local law enforcement partners.