Five teenagers arrested following investigation into stolen handguns | Southington Observer

Five teenagers arrested following investigation into stolen handguns

January 31, 2013

Five teenagers are under arrest for their alleged roles in the theft of firearms from a Southington home.

Over the course of the last few days, police arrested three 18-year-olds and two 17-year-olds following an investigation that started when one of the arrestee’s relatives found a handgun under a bed and notified police.

According to police, Brooke Palmer and the two juveniles were at a residence in Southington when they discovered guns being stored in a locked closet. Police allege that the teens took four handguns and ammunition from the residence and then stored them at various residences for the next week.

During this time, police said, the two juveniles took two of the guns and fired them into a tree in a wooded area on the west side of town.

One of the juveniles gave one of the stolen guns to Perry Sharp as the investigation was ongoing, police said. The weapon was later recovered form Sharp’s vehicle.

According to police, Jeremy Reilly was storing two of the stolen guns improperly at a residence. Officers also found marijuana at the residence, which was packaged for sale and police linked it back to one of the juveniles.

Southington police recovered all of the stolen guns and nearly 100 rounds of ammunition. No further arrests expected at this time.

Juvenile #1, a male Southington resident, was charged with four counts of larceny of a firearm, four counts of unlawful discharge of a firearm, two counts of transfer of a firearm to a person under 21, carrying a pistol without a permit, fourth degree larceny, illegal possession of marijuana with intent to sell and illegal possession of marijuana. The youth was sent to juvenile detention.

Juvenile #2, also a male Southington resident, was charged with four counts of larceny of a firearm, four counts of unlawful discharge of a firearm, two counts of transfer of a firearm to a person under 21, and carrying a pistol without a permit, fourth degree larceny. He was sent to juvenile detention.

Palmer, 18, of 392 Berlin Street, was charged with four counts of conspiracy to commit larceny of a firearm, criminal liability for acts of another/larceny of a firearm and first degree reckless endangerment. She was held on a $25,000 bond with a Jan. 31 court date.

Reilly, 18, of 214 Arch Street, New Britain, was charged with first degree reckless endangerment, improper storage of a firearm, carrying a pistol without a permit and two counts of sixth degree larceny. He was held on a $25,000 bond with a Jan. 28 court date.

Sharp, 18, of 48 Minthal Drive, was charged with having weapons in a vehicle and fifth degree larceny. Bond was set at $5,000 with a Feb. 4 court date.

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