JAMESTOWN, N.Y. (WIVB) — Authorities in Jamestown discovered new information on three Pennsylvania gun shop burglaries after searching a wanted man on S. Main St.
Earlier this month, Jason Thorn, 36, was seen walking near the intersection of Axtel St. when he was stopped by Jamestown Police. During this time, Thorn was found to have an active bench warrant and was subsequently taken into police custody.
While in custody, police say they found Thorn to be in possession of a pistol that was stolen from a gun shop in Pennsylvania.
Further investigation revealed that the pistol was among dozens of weapons that were taken in three separate burglaries in central and northern Pennsylvania.
In May, 31-year-old Jamestown resident Ben McCormack, who is accused in the thefts, allegedly worked with another person to steal 28 guns from one of the stores.
McCormack allegedly worked with Thorne to steal another 36 guns from a different store in June.
Days after that alleged incident, federal authorities say McCormack and another person stole even more guns from a different store. 29 were allegedly taken during this instance.
Last week, 55 stolen handguns and rifles were recovered during efforts by Jamestown Police and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. Police believe the guns were meant to be sold on the street after they were stolen.
“Gun thieves are a principal source of weapons that make their way into the hands of criminals. Stolen guns are quickly dispensed through underground transactions and the cycle of violence is initiated,” said ATF Special Agent in Charge Sam Rabadi. “I commend the diligent work of the investigators from ATF, the Pennsylvania State Police, and the Jamestown Police Department in New York, in this ongoing, wide-ranging and multi-jurisdictional investigation. Their outstanding investigative efforts led to the recovery of at least 55 of the stolen firearms that were destined for our communities and led to the swift identifications and arrests of those involved in these gun store burglaries.”
Thorne and McCormack are facing multiple count federal indictments for their alleged involvement in the gun shop burglaries. Thorne is also facing state charges in New York.
If convicted, McCormack could spend 55 years in prison, and Thorne could spend 33 years there. Both also face a term of supervision after release and a fine.