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Posted: 7/21/2003 11:30:56 AM EDT
Link Posted: 7/21/2003 10:18:39 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 7/22/2003 1:11:35 PM EDT by ZRH]
I saw that too. lol.

I also the the picture of the 10/22 "Assault Rifle".
Link Posted: 7/21/2003 10:52:09 PM EDT
43rd gun is found from Chaffee Ave. heist
A neighbor mowing his grass finds the gun and boxes and a belt of ammunition.
July 21, 2003

By Nancy Buczek
Staff writer

Syracuse police recovered Saturday a 43rd gun and about 441 bullets and 165 spent casings that they said four Syracuse teens stole from a residence last week.

Syracuse police Sgt. Tom Connellan said a Chaffee Avenue resident found a purple cooler and blue backpack in his yard while he was mowing his grass about 3 p.m. Saturday.

When the man, whom police would not identify, looked inside, he found about 13 boxes of ammunition, an ammunition belt with about 30 shotgun shells and an unloaded .22-caliber Colt handgun, according to police reports.

Connellan said the man called police to turn in the ammunition and gun.

The bullets, gun and other items are owned by Steve Townsend, a federally licensed gun dealer, who lives in the 100 block of Chaffee Avenue, Connellan said.

Police arrested four teens Wednesday and charged them with breaking into the dealer's home and stealing 48 guns and an undetermined amount of ammunition.

Police have asked Townsend for an inventory of his collection.

Police have charged the following Syracuse teens in relation to the crime:

Robert A. Jones, 16, of 141 W. Pleasant Ave., was charged with felony burglary and two counts of criminal possession of a weapon, one a felony and the other a misdemeanor.

Eric A. Dimon, 16, of 104 St. Louis Ave., was charged with burglary and criminal possession of a weapon, both felonies.

Anthony J. Davis, 17, of 151 Arsenal Drive, was charged with burglary and criminal possession of a weapon, both felonies.

Ahke Moore, 16, of 120 Riverdale Drive, was charged with burglary and criminal possession of a weapon, both felonies.

While Townsend was away on vacation, four of his son's friends broke into the home and twice took guns and ammunition out of the residence, according to police.

They sold most of the guns on Syracuse streets, but through tips from residents and relatives, only five guns now remain missing.

Police arrested a fifth person Wednesday, Christina M. Rushlow, 19, of 102 Hoover Drive, Syracuse. She's accused of helping the four teens load the guns into a vehicle. Police charged her with felony charges of burglary and criminal possession of a weapon.

A sixth person police charged Thursday with a crime involving the guns was John H. Trumble, 24, of 243 Loomis Ave., Syracuse. Trumble bought many of the guns from a third party, kept at least one and sold the rest, according to police.

Police charged Trumble with a misdemeanor charge of criminal possession of a weapon and criminal possession of stolen property, a felony.

William Hughes, of 402 Valley Drive, was charged Thursday with criminal possession of a weapon, a misdemeanor, and criminal possession of stolen property, a felony.

Connellan said Sunday that police have not arrested any other suspects but the investigation is continuing.

Anyone with information about the case can call Syracuse police at 442-5222.



© 2003 The Post-Standard. Used with permission
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