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Eight charged in Colton gun thefts


COLTON — State police charged eight St. Lawrence County residents this week following a lengthy investigation of a burglary last year in the town.

Troopers charged Jose Luzunaris, 25, of Winthrop, Jason J. Dennis, 35, of North Lawrence, and Rodney J. Deshane Jr., 23, of Brasher Falls, each with felony 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 felony counts of third-degree burglary, third-degree criminal possession of a weapon and criminal sale of a firearm.

Police said they responded April 14 to a report of a burglary on Leary Road and found that the garage was entered forcibly and the contents of a gun safe inside the garage were stolen. The contents included three handguns and nine long guns. Various tools and jewelry also were stolen from within the garage and the 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; an unknown make .22-caliber single 6, approximately 50 to 60 years old and may be painted black; a Remington .270-caliber with Leopold scope, serial number C6596611; a Ruger model 1022 with Tasco scope, serial number 235-33351; Winchester model 255, .22-caliber Magnum, serial number 613868; and ARMI Sport Italy Black Powder, serial number 49065.

If any members of the public have any of these guns, they may turn them in at the Canton state police barracks without penalty. Anyone with further information relating to the investigation may contact Investigator Christopher Nye at 379-0012.

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