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I was in Galeton this weekend talking to one of the workers at the Nittany mart which was robbed along with the Acorn in town and she was telling me the list of places within the general area that were robbed and its quite a large list.She is saying that Heroin is bad right now in the northern tier, Shame hope they can get a handle on it.
 

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The little store in Sabinsville on Rt. 349 was robbed Saturday afternoon.

Dandy Market in Austinburg was robbed sometime back in April or May, might have even been robbed twice? Ice cream shop in Knoxville on Rt. 49 was robbed the evening of May 26, about a half hour before I came through there on the way to camp for Memorial Day weekend. There were several PSP vehicles there and troopers out on the sidewalk.

Along with recent armed robberies as noted, in several other towns in Tioga County and Potter. Most likely connected to the epidemic of heroin users now known to be in those areas.

Small town America is no longer as safe as it once was.
 

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Jamestown Police, Federal ATF Agents Seize 55 Stolen Guns, Arrest Two City Residents

JUNE 29, 2016 BY WRFA LEAVE A COMMENT

Ben McCormack (left) and Jason THorn
Ben McCormack (left) and Jason Thorn
JAMESTOWN, NY – Jamestown police are announcing the arrest of two city men following an investigation into dozens of guns that were stolen from central pennsylvania.

According to Jamestown Police Captain Robert Samuelson, on Friday, June 17 at about 9:30 p.m. officers were conducting a street check of an individual walking on South Main St. at Axtel St. in Jamestown.

The subject was identified as 36 year-old Jason Thorn and was found to have an active bench warrant.

Thorn was taken into custody and was found to be in possession of a pistol that was found to be stolen during a burglary of a gun shop in Mansfield, PA.

Police contacted the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms and a subsequent investigation determined that the gun was one of dozens that were taken in three separate burglaries in the central Pennsylvania area.

As a result of the investigation, both Jamestown police and federal ATF officials recovered 55 stolen handguns and rifles on Tuesday, June 21, which they say were destined to be sold on the streets of the Jamestown area.

The investigation resulted in both Thorn and 31 year-old Ben McCormack being arrested and both face a multiple count federal indictment for their part in the three burglaries.

Weapons Seized Federal Indictments ATF and the JPD
Weapons Seized Federal Indictments ATF and the JPD
According to U.S. Attorney Peter Smith, McCormack and Thorne are charged with conspiracy to steal and unlawfully possess firearms from the inventories of licensed gun stores.

In a media release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office – Middle District of Pennsylvania, officials say on or about May 29, 2016, McCormack and an unindicted co-conspirator allegedly broke into Arrowhead Outdoors, a gun store in Tionesta, Pennsylvania and stole approximately 28 firearms. On or about June 17, 2016, McCormack and Thorne allegedly stole approximately 36 firearms from GNR Sporting Goods in Mansfield. On or about June 20, 2016, McCormack and an unindicted co-conspirator allegedly broke into and stole approximately 29 firearms from Fulmer’s Sporting Goods in Wysox Township.

“Gun thieves are a principal source of weapons that make their way into the hands of criminals. Stolen guns are quickly dispensed through underground transactions and the cycle of violence is initiated,” said ATF Special Agent in Charge Sam Rabadi. “I commend the diligent work of the investigators from ATF, the Pennsylvania State Police, and the Jamestown Police Department in New York, in this ongoing, wide-ranging and multi-jurisdictional investigation. Their outstanding investigative efforts led to the recovery of at least 55 of the stolen firearms that were destined for our communities and led to the swift identifications and arrests of those involved in these gun store burglaries.”

The investigation is being conducted by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Pennsylvania State Police, and the Jamestown, New York Police Department. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys George Rocktashel and John Gurganus
 
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