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Adult, 3 Juveniles Charged in Burglary At Trop Gun Shop

A Harrisburg man and three male juveniles from Harrisburg are accused of breaking in to the Trop Gun Shop in February and taking 16 guns.

Police announced on Monday, April 16, that Tarahjay Mykell Ross has been charged, but remained at large. Police said on Wednesday, April 18, that Ross had turned himself in. Court records available online show that Ross is charged with the second-degree felony of burglary, 16 second-degree felony counts of theft by unlawful taking, the second-degree felony of criminal conspiracy, the third-degree felony of firearms not to be carried without a license, the third-degree felony of receiving stolen property and the third-degree misdemeanor of criminal mischief.

Police said Ross drove the vehicle used in the burglary.

Police said the three juvenile suspects are in custody; two are 15 years old and one is 14. Police said all the people involved in the crimes have been charged.

The investigation was led by the Northwest Lancaster County Regional Police Department with assistance of Susquehanna Township Police, Northern York Regional police and the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

Of the 16 guns taken in the predawn burglary on Feb. 5, three have been recovered. They were recovered Feb. 6 in a stolen 2008 black Mercedes in York County. The occupants fled, and the handguns and three .45 caliber spent shell casings were found inside the vehicle.

Other guns stolen that day were linked to a shooting the same day in Harrisburg. Two Harrisburg teens face charges including conspiracy to commit criminal homicide after the shooting at a Harrisburg home occupied by a woman and six children, according to court documents. Both are charged as adults.

Also, there is a new development in another break-in at the same gun store. Two of the three people charged for a May 2016 burglary there have been sentenced to federal prison, with the third scheduled for sentencing soon.

Shawn R. Prim, 31, of Havre de Grace, Md., Parrish Valentine, 27, of Edgewood, Md., and Lena Griffith, 34, of Abington, Md., had been charged in Lancaster County for a May 2016 theft of nine handguns from Trop Gun Shop, according to the Northwest Lancaster County Regional Police Department.

The local charges were withdrawn when the three suspects were subsequently charged in federal court in Philadelphia for thefts from a federally licensed firearms dealer, police said.

Northwest Regional Police announced on Friday, April 13, that Prim was sentenced April 9 in federal court to 15½ to 18½ years in federal prison. Griffin, who drove the getaway vehicle, was sentenced on Thursday, April 12, to 3 to 6 years in federal prison. Valentine is scheduled for sentencing later in April, police said.

Three of the nine handguns taken during the May 2016 burglary have since been recovered, police said.

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