Suffolk County DA Spota Paints Picture Of Indifferent Man Supplying Criminals

HAUPPAUGE, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — A Bohemia gun shop owner was charged in a 20-count indictment Thursday following a seven-month investigation.

Suffolk County District Attorney Thomas Spota said 67-year-old Brian Andersen “purchased and possessed a number of illegal weapons, including illegal machine guns, unregistered automatic and semi-automatic handguns and a stolen firearm.”

1010 WINS’ Mona Rivera reports

Spota said investigators found a .38 caliber revolver in Andersen’s store, which was allegedly used by a suspected drug dealer to fire on undercover police officers last August at a Holbrook gas station.

“This gun has been traced back to the defendant,” Spota told a group of reporters, including CBS 2’s Sean Hennessey.

Spota suggested that Andersen may have been supplying guns to scores of suspected criminals.

“One again we have a bad apple here,” Spota said. “Andersen was accumulating guns without care or concern for their lethal nature. He makes it very, very clear that there’s no inventory, there’s no nothing. It’s being sold under the table.”

Suffolk DA Tom Spota showing surveillance tape of shootout involving illegal gun allegedly suuplied by Andersen (credit: Mona Rivera/1010 WINS)

Andersen is also accused of buying a fully-automatic .30 caliber M2 machine gun from an undercover detective.

WCBS 880’s Sophia Hall On The Story

Hundreds of weapons and ammunition were also found inside the garage of Andersen’s East Patchogue home, including 10 unregistered handguns, a submachine gun and seven stolen guns.

“We were stunned to find the defendant carelessly storing hundreds of lethal weapons and ammo in the loft of his unlocked garage,” Spota said. “It is not unreasonable to wonder what could have happened if a mischievous teenager simply opened the door and found what we found.”

Weapons seized from Bohemia gun shop owner (credit: Sophia Hall/WCBS 880)

Andersen, an active member of the Patchogue Fire Department, pleaded not guilty to weapons possession and other charges. He was released on $100,000 cash bail, reports CBS 2’s Carolyn Gusoff.

He did not come to the door at his home Thursday night and the people inside didn’t say much.

“This guy is an upstanding gentleman. He’s done nothing wrong,” a voice from inside the house said.

Meanwhile, some nearby residents told CBS 2’s Hennessey they had no idea what was going on in their neighborhood. But others, like retired cop Pete McGreevy, who calls Andersen “Rambo,” weren’t surprised.

“He’s somewhat of a con artist and he’s just, leaves something to be desired,” McGreevy said.

Experts said this case is a chilling reminder of the need to plug the existing illegal gun loopholes.

“So that the police don’t have to have this kind of catch as catch can system, where it’s a hit-or-miss proposition,” said Eugene O’Donnell of John Jay College of Criminal Justice.

While Andersen’s business has been shut down, authorities said they have no idea how many other illegal guns have already traded hands.

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Comments (8)
  1. KPMc says:

    FYI… CBS’ censor system thinks k n e e is a bad word.

  2. KPMc says:

    So… you’re not just defending the 2nd amendment… you are defending this piece of work?

  3. Bullett says:

    Gee………automatics and all……..but where’s the 50 caliber ??

  4. Vernon Hell says:

    Another slimeball gun shop owner. They should all burn in HELL.

    1. Slimeball says:

      Why should they burn in “HELL”? Exercising the 2nd ammendment, a major and important standing to which our country was developed from. There is always going to be compeition. For food, for speech, for religion, and for protection. You think you know everything? Watch the government slip out each and every right from under your feet and realize where you will stand then. You are ignorant just as the majority of the people on Long Island who are so uninformed and afraid of firearms. Back up your opinion with something credible before you make yourself look like an ignorant idiot. Mr. Andersen did not shoot the officer, nor was he involved in any way possible. Keep eating everything the media feeds you and you will become a pawn just as the rest of the majority is. Welcome to America, enjoy your complimentary New World Order!

      1. KPMc says:

        CBS stinks… comment is supposed to be here but they are making me post it piecemeal thanks to a terrible censoring system…

        So… you’re not just defending the 2nd amendment… you are defending this piece of work?

        1. KPMc says:

          Did you read the article or just have the same type of ill informed reactions your opposing anti-gun advocates have?

          1. KPMc says:

            The 2nd amendment doesn’t give you the right to deal in firearms without limits. It just says you have the right to bare arms. This guy is obviously supplying guns to criminals and your response is to pull out the bill of rights?

            It is people like you on both sides of every argument that make this country less livable everyday.

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