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Suspect cites heroin addiction in Perry Township gun thefts

| Tuesday, June 18, 2013, 1:56 a.m.
Braden Richard Texter

Police arrested a Chicora man suspected of stealing an AK-47 assault rifle and another rifle from a Perry Township home on two occasions after a search led them to Frogtown at about 10 p.m. on Sunday.

Braden Richard Texter, 22, of 232 Turner Road, Chicora, told state police he entered the home of Kenneth Bailey along Sycamore Road once around late March and again on Saturday and stole the guns to “feed his addiction” to heroin, according to the police affidavit.

Authorities say that Texter entered Bailey's home sometime around March 25 and stole a Remington 7600 rifle that he reportedly sold to Logan's Gun Gallery in North Washington on April 1. Bailey said he later found the gun at the store and learned that Texter had sold it.

The criminal complaint alleges that Texter returned to Bailey's home around 7 p.m. Saturday and entered through an unlocked basement door before stealing a Romanian AK-47 and two 30-round magazines of ammunition. Bailey noticed the gun was missing when he returned home around 12:30 a.m. Sunday and called police.

A search for Texter began Sunday morning and ended at about 10 p.m. when he was located in Frogtown. He was placed in Armstrong County Jail by District Judge Samuel Goldstrohm on charges of burglary and receiving stolen property and two counts of theft by unlawful taking. Bail was set at $50,000 bond.

Both guns were returned to Bailey. State police did not return a call for further details.

Tim Karan is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-543-1303 or tkaran@tribweb.com.

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