Farmington man indicted on firearm theft charge

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FARMINGTON — A local man was indicted Wednesday on charges stemming from the theft of two firearms earlier this month from a New Vineyard Road home in Farmington.

A Franklin County grand jury indicted Harley Witherell, 29, on a felony charge of theft of a firearm and a misdemeanor charge of violation of condition of release for an incident reported Jan. 1.

Police recovered two guns taken from a New Vineyard road home after learning Witherell had the guns and was selling them, Police Chief Jack Peck said. 

The homeowner reported someone had entered his house and stolen a shotgun and a Winchester .30-30 lever action rifle. He suspected that it was his neighbor, who was house-sitting for him and had access to the home.

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During their investigation police learned someone had bought the shotgun without realizing it was stolen. They turned the gun over to police and said they had bought it from Witherell.

Police asked for the public’s help on Jan. 4. The rifle was recovered the same day.

Witherell bailed from Franklin County Detention Center on $500 cash and a Maine pretrial contract.

abryant@sunjournal.com

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