Additional arrest made in gun shop burglary in Parma
Parma, N.Y. (WHAM ) - Monroe County Sheriff’s deputies have made a second arrest for a gun shop burglary in Parma Thursday morning. Marcos Guzman, 34, allegedly worked hand-in-hand with the first man arrested, Dakota Sarfaty.
Guzman was arraigned Friday, Aug. 17 on several charges including burglary and grand larceny. He was out on parole for a prior robbery conviction.
Deputies said Guzman assisted Sarfaty with breaking into Chinappi's Firearms & Supplies on West Ridge Road Aug. 16 stealing nearly 40 guns. The gun shop was knocked off twice within five days. Deputies said about 50 guns were stolen at the shop in the last week. More than 80 guns in all stolen from the shop since 2007.
Local business owner Jim Hushard recognized one of the suspects who stole from his shop Hushard's RV Center two months ago.
Hushard said he was shocked when he saw the same person arrested for stealing dozens of guns.
“I got on Facebook and saw that he was arrested and saw his name and picture, and said 'holy cow this is the guy who stole my camper,'” he said.
It's a name Hushard said he won't soon forget - Dakota Sarfaty.
“I just couldn’t believe it,” he said. “I just can’t believe that he would do something major again in such a short time.”
Sarfaty was arrested in June for stealing a red camper off of Hushard's RV lot in Hilton. 13WHAM was there when police found it.
“It’s just amazing in that the kid is still out on the street,” Hushard said.
The lack of requirements for how a licensed gun seller should secure firearms came as a shock to Monroe County Sheriff Todd Baxter.
“They’re all recommendations and that’s frustrating,” Sheriff Baxter said. “It comes down to town code and town enforcement that usually has these types of abilities to secure businesses inside their jurisdiction.”
It’s not clear if the county is looking at making any law changes on a local level.
In a statement, Jesse Sleezer, a spokesperson for County Executive Cheryl Dinolfo said:
"It is clear that this particular proprietor failed to meet even the most basic standards or expectations for product storage, which is why the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms and the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office jointly took the extraordinary step of confiscating all firearms from the property. We have full faith that ATF, MCSO, and their law enforcement partners will take all necessary measures to get these stolen guns off of our streets as soon as possible.”
Meantime, County Legislator Ernest Flagler-Mitchell (D, Rochester), who has pushed for legislation in the past that would change the way gun owners secure firearms not in their possession, weighed in. He said he would look into putting safeguards in place for business owners who sell guns.
Calls to County Legislator Ed Wilt (R, Greece, Parma) who represents Parma were not returned.
So far, 15 of the recently stolen guns have been found by deputies and ATF.
A judge has temporarily closed Chinappi's gun shop as the investigation continues.