(2:24 PM) Jamestown Youth Arrested After Columbus, Pa., Gun Burglary; Police On Lookout For Stolen Guns

Jamestown police are still looking for at least 29 guns stolen from a gun shop in Columbus, Pa., and believed to have been sold and exchanged in Jamestown.

Anyone with information can call the Jamestown Police Department’s anonymous tips line at 483-8477 or use the Tips 411 App. All tips are kept confidential.

“Investigators have worked around the clock since Monday of this week in locating and following leads on recovering the stolen guns,” Capt. Robert Samuelson of the Jamestown Police Department told The Post-Journal. “The suspect was identified by investigators from the JPD as we were working an attempted burglary of a gunshop here in Jamestown. Investigators examined video from the area including traffic cams and were able to identify the suspect with this video as well as video from an area business. We are asking for anyone to please call or contact us via tips lines for info about the remaining missing guns.”

A 17-year-old Jamestown youth is being held for extradition to Pennsylvania after allegedly being linked to the theft of more than 40 pistols from a gun shop in Columbus, Pa., on Saturday. The gun shop’s owner received a call from his security company around 7:30 a.m. Saturday. The building was entered through a window air conditioning unit with 32 handguns taken from various glass cases.

Investigators from the Jamestown Police Department have been working with the Pennsylvania State Police and agents from the federal Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms bureau and were able to develop information on a possible suspect in Jamestown. That information was shared with Pennsylvania State Police, who were allegedly able to use forensics to match the youth to the scene of the burglary. The youth was taken into custody Monday with the assistance of the Chautauqua County Probation Department and is being held as a fugitive from justice with a 100-count warrant issued for the youth’s arrest.

Additional charges and arrests are expected.


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