City Teenager Pleads Guilty In Gun Theft

WARREN, Pa. — A Jamestown teenager pleaded guilty in connection with a firearm theft from a sporting goods store in Columbus Township last September.

Dasai K. Bradberry pleaded guilty to two felonies — burglary and theft by unlawful taking — as well as criminal mischief before President Judge Maureen Skerda.

District Attorney Rob Greene said restitution hasn’t been settled yet as the victim is “still putting that together.”

Skerda asked if Bradberry had been certified as an adult and his attorney, Chief Public Defender John Parroccini, noted that he is being held at the Erie County Prison because they have the capacity to house juvenile offenders.

Prior to the plea, Bradberry advised the court he had been on juvenile probation in Charlotte, N.C. It’s unclear whether that means he’s considered a fugitive.

In exchange for the plea, charges of conspiracy (burglary), conspiracy (theft by unlawful taking), receiving stolen property and possession of firearm by a minor were not prosecuted.

Troopers were dispatched to C&H Sports, 45490 US 6, Corry, Pa., on Sept. 14 at 7:30 a.m. on a report of a commercial burglary.

The statement said that the owner reported receiving a call from the alarm company that monitors the business. The owner then “went to the business to further investigate without involving Pennsylvania State Police,” a Wednesday statement said. “He further reported that upon arrival he discovered that entry had been gained through a window air conditioning unit and approximately 32 handguns had been taken from the various glass cases.”

Troopers say that led to a “joint investigation with the Jamestown Police Department as well as the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF)” led to Bradberry’s identification.

The search for the pistols began in Jamestown after officers responded Sept. 18 to reports of shots being fired inside a Bowen Street home in Jamestown, according to the Jamestown Post-Journal. Officers secured the property and found that two men had discharged several rounds from a weapon.

Those men were found to be in possession of four handguns that were all reported stolen from burglaries.

One of the weapons was allegedly taken from a Chautauqua County property while the other three were allegedly taken from the Warren County gun store.