Men charged with stealing dozens of weapons from gun stores

Men charged with stealing dozens of weapons from gun stores
Seronte Newby and Ronquieze Head (Hamilton County Sheriff's Office)

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - Two Cincinnati men have been indicted by a federal grand jury with crimes related to thefts from gun stores.

Ronquieze Head, 35, and Seronte Newby, 29, are accused of stealing from stores in Kentucky and Ohio.

They are both 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.

The pair is accused of stealing 20 firearms from a gun store in Sharonville on July 2.

They then allegedly store 22 weapons from a gun store in Florence on July 8.

On July 16, they're accused of stealing 32 weapons from another store in Springboro.

Sergeant Broenner told us, they collected enough DNA to place them at the scene along with phone records and shoe prints from the other two places, effectively connecting the dots between Sharonville, Florence and Springboro.

"We found evidence at the scene, that we were able to send to the lab, and get DNA hits profile on both suspects, both Mr. Head and Mr. Newby," said Sergeant Derek Broenner with the Sharonville Police Department.

Head has been locked-up for a couple months now.

"He was picked-up actually in possession of a firearm, that actually came from one of the gun stores," said Broenner.

Newby was arrested within the last several days.

"He actually came in for an interview at the ATF Field Office in Cincinnati just last week," said Broenner.

Newby had no idea about the DNA match, and was arrested immediately.

An employee at the Florence store estimates it could take up to two years with a trial before their store ever gets the recovered guns back.

Anyone with information on the crimes or stolen firearms is asked to contact ATF at 1-800-ATF-GUNS (800-283-4867).

Individuals may also email ATFTips@atf.gov, or contact ATF through its website.

Tips may also be submitted to ATF using the ReportIt® app, available on both Google Play and the Apple App Store.

You can remain anonymous.

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