Burrillville man with gun stockpile indicted on federal charges

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PROVIDENCE – A federal grand jury has indicted the Burrillville man accused of stockpiling guns on five counts related to lying on applications to purchase the weapons from two gun shops, and illegal possession of more than 200 firearms.

Ronald Andruchuk, 37, is also charged with firing in a compact area by Burrillville police, and is expected to face a felony charge for possession of a ghost gun and several kits. He also has charges in Massachusetts, stemming from an incident in December where he’s accused of hiding two handguns and flashlights containing cocaine, oxycodone, and amphetamines in the ceiling of a men’s bathroom at the Tractor Supply Co. in Millbury, Mass.

The latest charges focus on Andruchuk’s purchase of two rifles and four handguns in November of 2021 from a Coventry gun shop, and an attempt to buy a handgun and rifle from MTR Guns and Ammo in North Smithfield in December. Burrillville Police Col. Stephen Lynch denied Andruchuk’s attempt to purchase the guns from MTR, determining that he was not truthful on the application.

This week, Andruchuk was dealt two counts of making false statements on an application to purchase firearms, two counts of causing false records to be kept by a federally licensed firearms dealer, and a charge of possession of a firearm as a prohibited person.

According to reports, Andruchuk moved to Burrillville from Cranston in December, and began shooting guns at all hours, leading to complaints from neighbors. He reportedly bought the Tarkiln Road house with cash he said came from investments in cryptocurrency.

Andruchuk was arrested February, and police seized 211 weapons from the home, which he shared with his wife and three young sons.

He has been held at the Wyatt Detention Center since, and his request for bail was denied on Friday, March 11.

Andruchuk is scheduled to be arraigned Monday, March 28 in a virtual hearing before Judge Patricia Sullivan. If convicted, he will have to forfeit the firearms and ammunition seized by police.

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