News10NBC Investigates: Closed gun store seizes more victims

November 09, 2018 07:25 PM

It all started with Fran Cordaro in Greece. 

After her husband died last January, Fran took his guns to Beikirch's gun store in East Rochester to be sold on consignment. Fran was supposed to get 80 percent of the sale. 

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Ten months later, the guns were sold but she never got any money. 

"I either want the guns back or the money," said Fran. 

"We were crushed because we assumed we were the only dupes in town," said Andrew Perry. 

Andrew Perry saw Fran's story on News10NBC.

Last year, he brought his wife's family antique rifles to Beikirch's. He wanted them appraised so they could sell them to start a college fund. 

Perry says he called Beikirch's for a year without any response. 

Then in April, he got a sudden check from Beikirch's.

But Perry wanted the guns appraised, not sold. 

News10NBC Chief Investigative Reporter Berkeley Brean: "Where are the guns?"

 Andrew Perry, Fairport: "I'm sure they're sold." 

Brean: "And what about the money?" 

Perry: " Ah, great question. We got a bad check and that bounced right away." 

Perry tried to cash the check in July. 

News10NBC talked to the lawyer for Beikirch's owner -- Hans Farnung. 

The lawyer says by July, Genesee Regional Bank shut Beikirch's down and froze the accounts. 

That's why the check bounced.

"I felt sorry for that woman because she's going through the same thing I went [through]," said Joe McMullen, Livonia. 

Joe McMullen watched Fran's story from his home in Livonia. 

Four years ago, he shipped two hands guns from his home in Alaska to Beikirch's. McMullen was moving back to New York and Biekirch's would hold his guns until he got his permit. 

When Beikirch's was closed, all the guns went to auction including McMullen's. 

One of them got sold. 

Joe Hessney from Hessney Auction Company told News10NBC that when he got the inventory, the guns were listed as owned by Beikirch's, not Joe McMullen. 

Joe McMullen, Livonia: "Okay, this is the original receipt from Beikirch's." 

McMullen says if he has the receipts, the gun store should have them too. 

McMullen: "I have the original and a copy." 

The lawyer for Beikirch's owner says he's going to look into these two new cases. 

News10NBC is going to talk with him again on Monday. 

However, we do have an update on Fran. 

The lawyer says Beikirch's would never cut a check until the last gun on consignment was sold. For Fran -- that was mid July.

But because the bank already seized the company and the accounts by then, they didn't send Fran a check. 

It would have bounced and because Fran is a non-secured creditor, she's probably not going to get her money. 


Berkeley Brean

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