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Boys charged with stealing guns from Pa. store

December 22, 2003

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Borough police Saturday night apprehended two juveniles who allegedly attempted to steal 38 handguns and a rifle worth more than $26,000 from a sporting-goods store.

The boys, both 14, were turned over to the Franklin County Probation Department and then placed in detention at the Cornell Abraxas facility in South Mountain, Pa., on burglary and theft charges, according to police.

Police said patrol units responded to a 10:36 p.m. burglar alarm at Blue Mountain Sporting Goods, 763 S. Second St. As officers were checking the business, two juveniles ran out the front door and discarded two large bags containing a variety of what were described as high-powered handguns and a lever action rifle.

The rifle was described as a gold-plated, limited edition Winchester valued at $4,500, according to Sgt. John Phillippy.

Both were caught after a brief chase on foot, according to police. Each of the unidentified youths had two handguns when they were captured, police said.

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