November 22, 2004
COUNTY PAWN BROKER ARRESTED FOR ILLEGAL SALES OF REGULATED
General J. Joseph Curran Jr., announced today the indictment
and arrest of Alexander Sabinstev who operates Star
Pawn Brokers in Edgewood, Maryland. Mr. Sabinstev is charged with
two counts of illegal sales of regulated firearms and three counts
of selling a firearm to persons whom he had reasonable cause to
believe were participants in “straw purchases”. A straw
purchase is the sale of a regulated firearm in which the actual
buyer uses another person to purchase and take possession of the
gun. That person then turns it over to the actual buyer.
indictment was returned by the Grand Jury for Harford County.
The maximum penalty for each count of the indictment is 5 years
incarceration and a fine of $10,000. An indictment is merely
an accusation and all persons are presumed to be innocent unless
until proven guilty.
case was investigated by the Maryland State Police Firearms Enforcement
Section and the Baltimore County Police Department’s
Firearms and Violent Crimes Unit. The case is being prosecuted
by the Firearms Trafficking Unit of the Attorney General’s
Criminal Investigations Division. This unit is funded by grants
from the Governor’s Office of Crime Control and Prevention
and the Maryland State Police Cease Fire Council.