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Car crash into Mercer business associated with gun thefts

Apr. 29—MERCER — Police stated it was not an accident Monday morning when a automobile drove into a weapons retailer outdoors the Mercer County Courthouse.

Mercer police stated the automobile traveled the improper manner up North Diamond Street about 5:15 a.m. and crashed into Seconds Count Firearms on the nook of North Diamond and North Pitt streets.

District Attorney Peter C. Acker stated the suspects then stole a automobile in Mercer and fled the scene, leaving the automobile contained in the window.

Mercer Police Chief Robert Davis stated nobody was injured and a number of those that have been within the automobile fled the scene.

State police, Mercer County detectives, the federal Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms, the Mercer County Sheriff’s Office and the Mercer County district legal professional’s workplace are helping Mercer Borough police, who’re nonetheless investigating.

Acker stated he arrived on the scene round 8 a.m. and the automobile was nonetheless operating.

Video surveillance exhibits that 5 individuals, all sporting masks, hats, and gloves, have been concerned. Acker stated they stole 10 AR-15 rifles.

The automobile was reported stolen in Erie. The heart console is broken, Acker stated.

Acker stated authorities consider this incident is related to a gun retailer theft at Duke’s in New Castle, the place 10 AR-15 rifles have been stolen Sunday.

Shenango Township police in Lawrence County are investigating a break-in and theft of weapons at Duke’s Sport Shop on Route 422 early Sunday.

Shenango Township police chief Darren Cwynar stated somebody broke into Duke’s at 4:21 a.m. Sunday.

He stated that the ATF, alongside with state police, is collaborating within the investigation.

According to Cwynar, somebody entered the gun store by the entrance door of the business by smashing the glass window. He stated the car used within the theft was decided to have been stolen.

Attempts to achieve the proprietor of Duke’s Sport Shop Monday have been unsuccessful, and the shop remained closed. Cwynar stated search warrants have been being served, however he was not particular as to the character of these warrants.

Acker stated the ATF was known as in as a result of the crimes could also be related and, for the reason that retailer was a federally-licensed firearms vendor, the theft can be a federal crime.

Acker stated one other crime related to the 2 crimes occurred a few days in the past within the Pittsburgh space. He’s undecided what number of firearms have been stolen in that case.

“I hope we catch these guys,” Acker stated. “I don’t like stolen guns on the street — especially automatic assault weapons.”

New Castle News Staff Writer Debbie Wachter contributed to this report.

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