May 1, 2013: The District Attorney’s Office and Attorney General’s Office Gun Violence Task Force (GVTF) have arrested 24 year old William Santore of Frankford on charges that he straw purchased two handguns for criminals. Santore is facing numerous Violations of the Uniform Firearms Act (VUFA) charges, along with Tampering with Public Records, Unsworn Falsification, and Conspiracy charges.
On April 16, 2013, the Philadelphia Police Department arrested Jonathan Sanchez in Frankford for Burglary and violations of the Uniform Firearms Act after recovering a .40 caliber Steyr semi-automatic handgun. Sanchez is currently awaiting a preliminary hearing on May 9, 2013. He is held at the House of Corrections on $150,000 bail.
The Gun Violence Task Force’s investigation revealed that Santore had purchased that handgun along with a 9mm Astra semi-automatic handgun on March 26, 2013 at a Philadelphia gun store.
After agreeing to be interviewed, Santore admitted to purchasing the two handguns for a male he would only identify as “Fat Cat.” He also admitted to knowing Sanchez, but said that the guns weren’t for him. Santore lied on the purchase paperwork by stating that he was buying the handguns for himself and that he was not a user of illegal narcotics. His falsifications put firearms on the street into the hands of dangerous criminals. The 9mm Astra has not yet been recovered.
Santore is being processed by police this morning and will be arraigned sometime later today. ADA Andrew Wellbrock of the GVTF is specially assigned to this case.