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Police: car intruders caught, accused of stealing gun, ammo, iPod

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An alert resident on Alexandria Meadows early Friday made a phone call that enabled Watertown police to recover a gun and ammunition from the hands of two men suspected of intruding in cars.

Aaron J. Jewett, 19, of 25312 Ridge Road, and Nicholas M. Countryman, 17, of 20848 Shepard St., were facing charges of fourth-degree grand larceny, fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon, fifth-degree criminal possession of stolen property and unauthorized use of a vehicle as they awaited arraignment Friday morning in Watertown City Court.

Police said they were apprehended at 1:38 a.m. in the 200 block of Butterfield Avenue, about an hour after the unidentified caller tipped police to car intruders running into a wooded area off Alexandria Meadows.

The gun, a .38 Special revolver, and five rounds of ammunition were stolen from a vehicle owned by Donald Stevens at 1348 Cosgrove St., police said. An iPod was stolen in the 200 block of Butterfield Avenue from a vehicle belonging to Victor Rodriguez, police said. No theft was reported in the intrusion into a third car, owned by Tracy A. Davis, at 2461 Alexandria Meadows.

Mr. Jewett pleaded guilty to attempted second-degree robbery in February in Jefferson County Court in connection with a theft from a pedestrian on Arsenal Street on an October 2011 night. Mr. Countryman was charged in April by the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department with seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance. In both cases, they likely were granted youthful offender status.

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