Youth arrested, charged with larceny of firearm

  • Police near a Park Avenue home in Greenfield on Tuesday. Greenfield and Montague police are reportedly involved in a joint investigation related to the home. Recorder Staff/Daniel Desrochers

Published: 2/20/2018 3:21:29 PM

One juvenile has been arrested and another will face charges following an investigation of allegedly stolen firearms, according to police.

The probe began on social media and found its way to a home in Greenfield.

Montague Police Sgt. Det. Lee Laster said police have arrested a 13-year-old and charged the youth with three offenses, including larceny of a firearm, while a 14-year-old has charges pending.

According to Laster, the investigation began following an Instagram post showing one of the juveniles, a boy, with at least one reportedly stolen firearm. The Instagram post was taken down shortly after appearing online, Laster said.

No threats were made to either a school or a person.

The tip about the Instagram post came late Monday afternoon, prompting the investigation, Laster said. Police were able to swiftly obtain a Greenfield District Court warrant for the Greenfield home — the home of the grandparents whose guns were allegedly stolen, Laster said.

“Our main focus was getting the guns off the street,” Laster said.

Laster said a youth was found in possession of a .45 caliber 1911 handgun, as well as 13 total rounds of ammunition.

The investigation also led police to the home of one of the juveniles in Orange, where Laster said a Walther PPK .380 caliber handgun, along with 25 total rounds of ammunition, was found.

Joint probe

The 13-year old was also charged with unlicensed possession of ammunition and possession of a firearm without FID, according to Laster.

The charges were the result of a joint investigation that involved Montague, Greenfield and Orange police departments, as well as the Franklin County Regional Special Response Team, according to Laster.

Laster said the cooperation between the police departments and Franklin County Regional Special Response Team was crucial to conducting a successful investigation.

“Everyone worked well together,” Laster said. “It was fast and diligent. Everyone played their part and we were able to get two guns off the street.”

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