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Teen Charged in Burglary of 16 Guns From Store

A 14-year-old boy is charged in a recent burglary at a Mount Joy Township gun shop, police said.

The boy was not in custody when police announced the charges on Thursday, Feb. 15. But juvenile allegation charges have been filed against him in regards to the burglary of 16 guns from Trop Gun Shop on Feb. 5, according to Northwest Regional police.

Three rifles and 13 handguns were taken during the early morning burglary at the 910 N. Hanover St. store, according to police.

Three people smashed the front door of the shop around 3:14 a.m., and a fourth person is thought to have been waiting outside, according to Northwest Regional police.

Police originally said 17 guns were stolen, but that number was changed to 16 based on updated information from the store.

The juvenile was charged as one of individuals in the burglary, according to Detective Frank Ember. Because of his age, police cannot say his charges. Ember also declined to say whether or not he lives in Lancaster County.

Police declined to say if they think the other burglary suspects are juveniles, too.

Police said all three suspects wore gloves and wore hooded coats. They estimated one’s height at 5-foot-6 to 5-foot-9 inches, and the other two at 5-foot-8 to 5-foot-11 inches.

A $5,000 reward for information leading to an arrest was announced by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. The ATF is offering a $2,500 reward, which is being matched by the National Shooting Sports Foundation.

Three of the stolen handguns were recovered Feb. 6 in the center console of a stolen car involved in an incident in York County. Also on Feb. 6, police said they found what they believe was the vehicle used in the burglary about a half-mile from Trop Gun.

Along with the ATF, police departments from York and Dauphin counties are assisting in the investigation. “Several suspects” have been developed, Northwest Regional police said.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Northwest Regional police Investigator Chuck Tobias at 717-689-5657, extension 131, call the ATF hotline at 1-888-ATF-TIPS (1-888-283-8477) or email ATFTips@atf.gov.

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