The building at 680 Elton Street where Niosi Firearm Development proposed an indoor shooting range and gun shop. Photo: Peter Blasl

Two men who allegedly stole guns, ammunition, apparel and accessories in June from a vacant commercial building at 680 Elton Street being illegally occupied by a firearms dealer pleaded guilty this month to burglary charges.

Aaron A. Vasquez and Timothy J. Stark, both of Riverhead, each pleaded guilty to one count of Burglary in the Third degree in Suffolk County Criminal Court on Sept. 8. Vasquez is scheduled for sentencing on Oct. 12 and Stark is scheduled for sentencing on Oct. 4.

Stark was additionally charged on arrest with one count of Burglary in the Second Degree with an armed explosive/deadly weapon; one count of Criminal Possession of a Stolen Weapon in the Fourth Degree: firearm; and one count of Criminal Possession of a Loaded Firearm in the Second Degree.

Vasquez was additionally charged with one count of Burglary in the Second Degree with an armed explosive/deadly weapon.

Those additional charges were dismissed as a result of the plea bargains.

Another person charged in the incident, Michael B. Quinn, is scheduled to appear in justice court on Sept. 27 for paperwork, according to a Riverhead Justice Court clerk. Quinn was also charged with one count of Stark was additionally charged on arrest with one count of Burglary in the Second Degree with an armed explosive/deadly weapon; one count of Criminal Possession of a Stolen Weapon in the Fourth Degree: firearm; and one count of Criminal Possession of a Loaded Firearm in the Second Degree.with a previous conviction.

No further information about this co-defendant is available.

The men allegedly entered the vacant commercial building located at 680 Elton Street, over the weekend before their arrest, police said. The owner of Niosi Firearms Development LLC, a business that was then in the process of seeking town approvals to bring a gun shop to the building, reported the contents missing.

After the incident, Anthony Niosi, a principal in the firearm company, was issued tickets for violating for occupying and using the premises without permits. Niosi later pleaded guilty to the charges and was fined $1,500 by Riverhead Justice Sean Walter.

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Alek Lewis is a lifelong Riverhead resident and a 2021 graduate of Stony Brook University’s School of Communication and Journalism. Previously, he served as news editor of Stony Brook’s student newspaper, The Statesman, and was a member of the campus’s chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. Email: [email protected]