Two men have been indicted in the thefts of more than 70 firearms from Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky gun stores in July.
A federal grand jury has charged Ronquieze Head, 35, and Seronte Newby, 29, both of Cincinnati, with crimes related to the thefts, the office of the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Ohio announced Thursday.
The indictment alleges that Head and Newby stole approximately 20 firearms from a gun store in Sharonville, Ohio, on July 2. On July 8, it is further alleged that they stole approximately 22 firearms from a gun store in Florence, Kentucky. The pair is also accused of stealing about 32 weapons from a third gun store in Springboro, Ohio, on July 16.
The men are each charged with one count of conspiracy to commit theft and two counts of theft from a federal firearms licensee. Head is also charged with one count of possession of a stolen firearm and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.
Conspiracy to commit theft, theft from a federal firearms licensee, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and possession of a stolen firearm are each crimes punishable by up to 10 years in prison.
U.S. Attorney Benjamin C. Glassman commended the investigation of this case by ATF and Sharonville, Florence, Springboro and Cincinnati police departments, as well as Assistant United States Attorney Megan Gaffney, who is prosecuting the case.