By Jordan Schrecengost
JAMESTOWN, N.Y. - Investigators have charged a juvenile male in the recent burglary of C&H Sports in Columbus Township, Warren County.
Pennsylvania State Police allege that a 17-year-old male broke into the business located at 45490 Route 6, Corry, early Saturday morning.
The accused minor is currently in the custody of the Jamestown Police Department in New York.
State police at Corry said C&H Sports' security alarm went off between 6:30 and 7 a.m. Troopers responded to a report of a commercial burglary at the business at about 7:30 a.m. on Saturday.
Police said the owner of C&H Sports, Robert Cummings, reported receiving a call from Guardian alarm company that the system had been tripped and he went to the business to further investigate.
Cummings told police he discovered that entry had been gained through a window air conditioning unit and about 32 handguns had been taken from various glass cases, according to a news release from state police at Corry.
The crime scene was processed by Pennsylvania State Police's forensic services unit immediately after the incident occurred, and PSP's criminal investigation unit assumed the investigation.
Numerous pieces of evidence were recovered at the scene. Police were able to identify a suspect using that evidence and working closely with the Jamestown Police Department as well as the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) in a joint investigation.
The suspect was identified as a known 17-year-old male, whose residency was not released. Police said the name of the suspect is being withheld because he under 18.
The Warren County District Attorney's Office was contacted and charges were filed based on the information obtained during the investigation. An arrest warrant was issued for the individual through Warren County on Tuesday.
Police did not say if the stolen guns were recovered, and the total value of the handguns was not released.
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