A stolen handgun stashed in a toaster oven and drug paraphernalia were among the items state police seized from a downtown Butler business building during a pair of warrant searches last week.
The police vice unit conducted the searches the night of Oct. 29 and early Tuesday morning at 117 N. Main St. No one was arrested.
Vice officers declined to comment afterward, saying only that their investigation remains “active.”
The search warrant applications signed by District Judge Bill O'Donnell offered possible clues about the investigation. The hair salon First Impression was identified as the business in the building that was searched.
The applications identified a 36-year-old man as the “owner, occupant or possessor” of the premises that was searched. The Butler Eagle is not identifying the man since he has not been charged.
Vice officers showed up about 2:40 p.m. Oct. 29 after police received a tip about the smell of marijuana coming from the First Impression building.
Members of the state police Special Emergency Response Team assisted in the first search, forcing entry into the building about 9 p.m. Oct. 29.
Since firearms were not identified as items police were looking for under the warrant, they stopped the search and applied for and obtained another warrant that was approved at 12:30 a.m. Tuesday and then they completed their search.
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