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Jamestown police work with U.S. authorities in Pennsylvania gun theft case

JAMESTOWN – The Jamestown Police Department is assisting U.S. authorities in Pennsylvania in the case against two Jamestown natives indicted by a federal grand jury in Scranton in the thefts of more than 90 firearms from Pennsylvania stores. The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania in Scranton announced the indictments Wednesday of Ben McCormick, 31, and Jason William Thorn, 36, for the thefts from federally-licensed gun stores in Northern Pennsylvania since May 29.

Thorn, now in the Chautauqua County Jail in Mayville on unrelated state charges, and McCormack, who is being taken to Pennsylvania after his arrest last week in Buffalo, are both charged with conspiracy to steal and unlawfully possess firearms, and possession of stolen firearms.

The federal prosecutor’s office worked with Jamestown police, Pennsylvania State Police and the Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco , Firearms and Explosives. They have recovered 55 of the stolen firearms.

Jamestown Police arrested Thorn June 17 as he was walking on S. Main Street and found he had a pistol allegedly stolen in one of the Pennsylvania gun store heists involved in the Scranton indictment.