W. Va. Man, juvenile charged in gun store break-in

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, August 29, 2007

BURLINGTON — Charges have been filed against a Huntington, W.Va., man and a juvenile in connection with the break-in at a Burlington gun store and the theft of firearms from that business. Authorities continue their search for a second juvenile who is also believed to have been involved in that crime.

Lawrence County Sheriff Tim Sexton said Zachary Miller, 18, was taken into custody by Huntington police and was lodged in the Western Regional Jail in Barboursville, W.Va.

One of the two juveniles allegedly involved is believed to be incarcerated at a West Virginia youth detention facility on unrelated charges. The names of the two juveniles are not being released.

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The J&J Gun Store near Wal-Mart was broken into June 7 and seven rifles were taken. Two of the rifles were recovered.

Sexton praised members of his staff for their work on the case and other local agencies for their cooperation.

“The effort of detective Aaron Bollinger, as well as invaluable assistance of West Virginia law enforcement officials, will allow those responsible for the crime to be held accountable for their criminal action,” Sexton said.

Miller now faces extradition to Ohio in connection with the charges against him.