The man accused in the murder of the assistant manager of a Hamburg Toys R Us store has been indicted on federal gun charges, U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul Jr. announced Thursday.
Bernard T. Grucza, 38, of Elma, allegedly made false spoken and written statements to obtain a Beretta 9mm pistol from the South Georgia Outdoors store and false written statements to obtain a Ruger .380 caliber pistol from Big Daddy Guns.
The indictment also says Grucza had possession of the Ruger from July 13 to Oct. 16 while he was under a restraining order from Elma Town Court and falsely told federal agents that he had destroyed the gun.
Grucza will be arraigned Monday before U.S. Magistrate Judge H. Kenneth Schroeder on charges of making false statements during a firearms purchase, possessing a firearm while under an order of protection and making false statements.
He is being held without bail in the Erie County Holding Center on charges that he fatally stabbed Toys R Us co-worker Laurence C. “Larry” Wells II before the store at 3464 McKinley Parkway opened on the morning of June 29.