Four McConnellsburg residents were taken into custody
over the weekend by special agents with the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives for their alleged connection to a break-in at a gun store last week in nearby Franklin County. Eighteenyear olds Loren Stains and Jeremy Davis were arrested at a home along East Market Street in Mc- Connellsburg Borough Saturday at 3 p.m. by ATF agents and Pennsylvania State Police troopers. Hours later 19-year-old Ryan Hortonand a male juvenile, also of Mc- Connellsburg, turned themselves in after ATF agents offered a reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of Horton.
John Hageman, a spokesman for the Philadelphia Field Division of the ATF, told the "News" nine firearms reported stolen from Keystone Country Store at 168 Path Valley Road, Fort Loudon, at approximately 6 a.m. on January 6 were recovered at the time of Stains and Davis' arrest. An additional 10 firearms remain unaccounted for at this time. Among the weapons taken during the "smash-and-grab" at Keystone Country Store were 16 handguns and three long guns.
Stains, Davis and Horton were sent to the Franklin County Prison where they remain in lieu of $50,000 straight bail. Preliminary hearings in all three cases have been set for Tuesday, January 20, at 1 p.m.
Both Stains and Horton face one count each of burglary, criminal conspiracy, theft by unlawful taking and receiving stolen property. Davis is charged with burglary and receiving stolen property. All charges are categorized as a felony two.
To date, the ATF/Pennsylvania State Police Firearms Trafficking Task Force have made arrests in four thefts that have occurred since July 2008 at regional gun dealers. More than 120 firearms have been stolen from dealers in Franklin, York, Perry and Lebanon counties.