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Two men accused of stealing 93 guns in P.A.

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Posted at 2:27 PM, Jun 29, 2016
and last updated 2016-06-29 14:27:06-04

Two men from New York are accused of break-ins at federally-licensed gun stores in North Central Pennsylvania.

The United States Attorney's Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania says Ben McCormack, 31 Jamestown, New York and an unidentified co-conspirator were indicted for stealing and possessing 57 guns from licensed gun stores on two separate occasions. McCormack also allegedly stole an additional 36 guns on a third occasion.

Agents from Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) took McCormack into custody in New York on June 21. After an initial hearing in Buffalo he was transported to the Middle District of Pennsylvania. McCormack was alleged with possession of stolen firearms and for illegal possession of firearms by a convicted felon.

Jason Thorne, 36, is believed to be the co-conspirator. He is in custody in New York on state charges.

McCormack faces a maximum of 55 years in prison. Thorne faces up to 35 years.

The United States Attorney's Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania says the investigation is being conducted ATF, the Pennsylvania State Police, and the Jamestown, New York Police Department.