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Two face charges stemming from theft of 22 handguns

May 05, 2007

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Two men were arraigned Thursday night in Berkeley County Magistrate Court on charges stemming from the reported theft of at least 22 handguns from a Hedgesville, W.Va., area pawn shop in April, according to court records.

Matthew Richard Pack, 21, of 2773 Butlers Chapel Road in Hedgesville, and Charles Todd Caton, 20, of 2030 Opequon Lane in Martinsburg, each were charged with breaking and entering, grand larceny and conspiracy, according to a Berkeley County Sheriff's Department press release.

Berkeley County Sheriff W. Randy Smith said juveniles, who were not identified, also were arrested during the course of the investigation.

According to a complaint by Berkeley County Sheriff's Lt. Gary Harmison, B&J Pawn shop off Hedgesville Road was broken into April 26. The suspects entered through the a back room before gaining access to the main part of the building and removing the guns, according to Harmison's complaint.

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On Thursday, the sheriff's department, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and U.S. Marshals Service recovered several of the stolen weapons after they executed search warrants at a South Kentucky Avenue home in Martinsburg and residences off Pacifica Boulevard, Butler's Chapel Road and Tribal Court in the Hedgesville area.

Magistrate Jim Humphrey set a $100,000 cash-only bond for Pack and Caton, according to records.

Anyone with information about the pawn shop break-in may call the Berkeley County Sheriff's Department at 304-267-7000.

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