Two Suspects Arrested After Theft Of Firearms In Marion

  • 11/1/2019 1:19:47 PM
  • Sartaj Singh
  • Local News

MARION, OH - Two suspects were arrested after an investigation into stolen firearms in Marion.

On October 27th, 2019 the Marion Police Department received an alarm call at Dunham's Sporting Goods located in the Marion Plaza on Mt. Vernon Avenue. Once officers arrived, they found that numerous handguns had been forcibly removed from case located inside the store. An investigation was then launched by the Marion Police Department with assistance from the U.S Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (AFT). 

Following various tips, MARMET detectives were able to locate and arrest Jaime Contreras, age 19 of Marion, for Breaking and Entering and Theft from a federal firearms licensee. Formal charges have been filed against Contreras with the Marion County Prosecutors Office. 

While searching a residence on Marion's West Side, Detectives were able to locate several of the stolen firearms. 

A second suspect was then arrested on October 31st by the MARMET Task Force. Paul Black III, age 18 of Marion was also arrested for Breaking and Entering and Theft from a federal firearms licensee. Formal charges are expected to be presented Friday to the Marion County Prosecutors Office. 

"We are tasked with providing for the safety of those who live in our community," Said Marion Police Chief Bill Collins. "My staff is keenly aware that there are certain crimes that will require their immediate attention and complete focus, and this is one of those crimes."

Chief Collins went on to further state that in this case extreme measures were taken to steal a multitude of firearms. 

"It would seem evident that criminals who would go to such extreme measures to acquire multiple handguns did so with the intention of furthering thier criminal activity. I am proud of the teamwork displayed by the investigators in this case and thier joint commitment to the safety of our community."

The investigation is still on-going, and the Marion Police Department is asking for the public's assistance in gathering additional information. Anyone with information related to the case can call the Marion Police Department at 740-387-2525, The Marion Law Enforcement Tips Line at 740-375-TIPS (8477) or the Marion MARMET Task Force at 740-387-2222.

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