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Eight charged in gun burglary


COLTON - New York State Police charged eight individuals this week following a lengthy investigation into an April 14 burglary at a garage located on Leary Road in the town of Colton.

Troopers charged Jose Luzunaris, 25, of Winthrop, Jason J. Dennis, 35, of North Lawrence and Rodney J. Deshane Jr., 23, of Brasher Falls with felony counts of fourth-degree criminal possession of stolen property.

Charged with felony counts of third-degree burglary were Andrew R. Jensen, 19, of Waddington, Deshelia R. Thomas-Jandrew, 38, of Massena, Justin P. Love, 23, of Massena and Eric J. Deshane, 20, of Massena.

Troopers also charged Austin B. Villnave, 19, of Massena, with a felony counts of third-degree burglary, third-degree criminal possession of a weapon and criminal sale of a firearm.

Police said they responded on April 14 to a report of a burglary and found that the garage was forcibly entered and the contents of a gun safe, located inside the garage, stolen. The contents included three handguns and nine long guns. Various tools and jewelry were also stolen from within the garage and residence.

State police said they determined the stolen guns had been sold or were in the process of being sold. To date, six of the 12 guns have been recovered.

Weapons that have not been recovered include a Ruger .22 caliber single 6, serial no. 365154; unknown make .22 caliber single 6, approximately 50 to 60 years old and may be painted black; Remington 270 caliber with Leopold scope, serial no. C6596611; Ruger model 1022 with Tasco scope, serial no. 235-33351; Winchester model 255, .22 mag, serial no. 613868; and ARMI Sport Italy Black Powder, serial no. 49065.

If any member of the public has any of these guns in their possession, they may turn them in at the Canton state police barracks without penalty. Members of the public with any further information about the investigation may also contact Investigator Christopher Nye at (315) 379-0012.

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