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Former Texas dealership employees face charges over illegal firearms sales

Two males are going through legal charges over the sale of firearms off a automobile dealership lot in Hutto, Texas, about 30 miles northeast of Austin.

Craig Tondre, 42, previously a sales supervisor at Covert Ford Hutto, a part of the Texas-based Covert Auto Group, was arrested in April on suspicion of illegally promoting weapons and ammunition. Tondre labored with one other dealership worker, 44-year-old Joshua Ellard, to promote them, in line with legal complaints filed April 6 in U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas. Ellard was additionally arrested that month.

Tondre is charged with dealing firearms and not using a license, whereas Ellard — who was beforehand convicted in Florida of second-degree homicide — is charged as a felon in possession of a firearm and a machine gun.



Tondre and Ellard had been fired “immediately after management was informed of their arrests on allegations of selling illegal firearms,” Covert Auto Group mentioned in a statement last week to KXAN-TV. The group mentioned administration and homeowners did not find out about any of the alleged actions earlier than the boys’s arrests.

On a number of events, Ellard bought firearms and ammunition to undercover Austin Police Department officers, in line with the complaints.

Two totally different Austin detectives on separate events in February and March purchased a silencer, 100 rounds of ammunition and 4 rifles from Ellard, in line with the complaints. Before and through the transactions, Ellard made feedback about checking with Tondre, his boss, on what was obtainable to promote, the complaints allege.

Tondre wasn’t bodily there for any of the transactions, however officers conducting surveillance noticed him transferring a rifle from his residence to the dealership, in line with the complaints.

Ellard allegedly agreed to a purchase order at Tondre’s residence on March 31, and whereas there, a detective noticed a big secure containing about 10 firearms. That transaction is what in the end confirmed Tondre’s involvement and led to his arrest, in line with the complaints.

Tondre and Ellard had been launched on bond in mid-April.


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