Two teen-agers and two adults face weapons charges after an investigation into the theft of two guns.
A Colt AR 15 assault rifle and a Smith & Wesson 40-caliber semi-automatic pistol, with ammunition, were reported stolen from a vehicle parked in a driveway on Parkview Avenue at 6 a.m. Monday.
Jamestown Police Detective Capt. Randall Present said his department was investigating the theft when it received information from Chautauqua County sheriff's Investigator Jim Hanson, who had developed it while he was looking into an unrelated burglary in the Town of Ellery.
On the basis of that information, the city's Special Weapons and Tactics team went to a home at 119 Hazzard St. just before 7:30 p.m. and recovered the rifle and arrested Eric A. Farrell, 16, of 119 Elm St.
Continuing their investigation into Tuesday morning, officers obtained a warrant to search 44 W. 17th St., where they found the handgun and arrested an occupant, Donovan R. Berry, 41. Police said they also found a quantity of marijuana at Berry's home.
The continuing probe then led to the arrests of Barbara J. Moore, 39, of 120 Newland Ave., and her son Waylon, 16.
All four were charged with criminal possession of a weapon. Farrell was also charged with grand larceny. Ms. Moore was charged with criminal sale of a firearm aided by a minor, and Berry faces charges of criminal possession of stolen property and criminal possession of marijuana.
"This shows you how quickly legal guns can become illegal guns," Present said. "Gun owners should take extra precautions in order to keep these weapons off the street where they could be used in the commission of some type of crime."