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Jamestown 17-year-old charged in gun theft

A 17-year-old has been charged as an adult in connection with a firearm theft from a Columbus Twp. sporting goods store last month.

Dasai K. Bradberry, Jamestown, N.Y., faces charges of burglary, 32 counts each of theft by unlawful taking, receiving stolen property and possession of a firearm by a minor, conspiracy (burglary), conspiracy (theft by unlawful taking) and criminal mischief, according to a detailed statement made on the case on Wednesday by Corry-based Pennsylvania State Police.

Troopers were dispatched to C&H Sports, 45490 US 6, Corry, on September 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.”

The State Police Forensic Unit processed the scene “immediately after the crime occurred. Numerous pieces of evidence were recovered at the scene.”

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.

“Working with the Warren County District Attorney’s Office, charges were filed, and an arrest warrant was issued for that individual through Warren County” on September 17.

On September 23, Troopers said, Bradberry was transported from the Chautauqua County Jail to the Warren County Courthouse for a hearing where Bradberry “was certified to adult criminal court by Judge Gregory Hammond.

According to the Jamestown Post-Journal, Jamestown police have been asking the public’s help in locating many of the guns taken in the burglary.

The search for the pistols began after officers responded Sept. 18 to reports of shots being fired inside a Bowen Street home in Jamestown. Officers secured the property and found that 19-year-old Jahdiel Rivera and 21-year-old Omar A. Vera-Velazquez had both discharged several rounds from a weapon.

No one was injured in the shooting.

According to police, both 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, the Post-Journal reported.

Bradberry is being held in the Warren County Jail on a $100,000 bond.

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