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21 counts against ex-con caught with guns, ammo stashed at Ridgefield Park warehouse

Photo Credit: Courtesy BERGEN COUNTY SHERIFF
Photo Credit: Courtesy BERGEN COUNTY SHERIFF

YOU READ IT HERE FIRST: A grand-jury today returned a 21-count indictment against a Pagans gang member from Pennsylvania who police said stashed 17 guns and-armor-piercing ammunition at the Ridgefield Park warehouse where he worked.

Forklift machinist Steven Prunkel, 50, of East Stroudsburg, has remained held on $750,000 bail in the Bergen County Jail after village police arrested him at the Star Candle Co. warehouse on Industrial Avenue, just below Route 80, on Aug. 7.

Tipped off by the Pennsylvania State Police, detectives received the company owner’s permission to search the 180,000-square-foot warehouse where the guns were stashed, Ridgefield Park Capt. Daniel Hippe told CLIFFVIEW PILOT at the time.

CLIFFVIEW PILOT subsequently learned that Prunkel — who was shot in the elbow a year ago following an argument in the Lehigh Valley — has Pagan gang ties.

Authorities emphasized that they don’t believe that Prunkel intended any violence locally.

The grand jury today charged him with:

1 – possession of an assault firearm, 7.62 caliber Century Roman Arms WASR/63, no assault firearm license;
2 – possession of an assault firearm, a Russian-American 20-gauge rifle, no assault firearm license;
3 – possession of a Walther P22 handgun, no permit to carry;
4 – possession of a Taurus Judge .410-caliber handgun, no permit to carry;
5 – possession of a Rock Island Armory .45-caliber handgun, no permit to carry;
6 – possession of a Hi-Point .40-caliber handgun, no permit to carry;
7 – possession of a Taurus .357 revolver, no permit to carry;
8 – possession of a Bersa Thunder .380 handgun, no permit to carry;
9 – possession of a Taurus .357 revolver, no permit to carry;
10 – possession of a Phoenix Arms HP25A handgun, no permit to carry;
11 – possession of a Sturm Ruger P95 handgun, no permit to carry;
12 – possession of a Gold Hubbar UNK sawed-off shotgun;
13 – possession of a Gold Hubbar UNK shotgun, no firearms purchaser ID card;
14 – possession of a Winchester 37 sawed-off shotgun;
15 – possession of a Winchester 37 sawed-off shotgun, no firearms purchaser ID card;
16 – possession of a Sheridan Products .20-caliber BB rifle, no firearms purchaser ID card;
17 – possession of a Mossberg Bioah 30-06 rifle, no firearms purchaser ID card;
18 – possession of a Remington Arms 597 rifle, no firearms purchaser ID card;
19 – possession of a large-capacity ammunition magazine;
20 – possession of hollow-nose bullets;
21 – certain persons offense, possession of firearms in counts 1 thru 18, after having been convicted of burglary in Suffolk County, NY.

MUGSHOT: Courtesy BERGEN COUNTY SHERIFF

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