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Police nab six in house burglary spree

December 5, 2017 News Extra

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A display of stolen guns, crack and currency recovered by Butler police during warrant searches Monday of two homes.

An ongoing Butler police investigation into a series of home break-ins and stolen guns netted six arrests since Monday.

But investigators are still tirelessly and tediously working the case and may make more arrests, said Deputy Chief David Adam.

Key evidence in the investigation came Monday when police raided two city homes — one on the 400 block of West Penn Street and the other on South Street.

In all, officers, aided by troopers, turned up four guns, at least three of which were stolen. They also seized more than 1 ounces of crack cocaine and more than $3,700 in currency.

Police on Monday charged David E. Lamison, 53, and Justin D. Ratelle, 28, who live at the home on West Penn Street, with having two stolen guns that were taken in separate burglaries. Also charged Monday were Johnny T. McCray Jr., 29, Colleen L. Christie, 47, and William L. Gold, 49, who all live at the home on South Street, where police seized one stolen gun as well as the crack and currency.

Police on Tuesday charged David W. Eberhardt Jr., 26, who has no known address, with three burglaries in Butler.

Eberhardt is accused of break-ins at homes on the 600 block of North Chestnut Street, the 500 block of Federal Street and on Summit Street.

A full story will appear in Wednesday's Butler Eagle.

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