A Corinna man and a 17-year-old boy have been arrested after allegedly stealing 11 firearms from a home in Salem Township in Franklin County, according to police.

Both David A. Ireland, 53, and a 17-year-old boy, also from Corinna, are charged with burglary and theft, according to a statement released by Maine Department of Public Safety spokesman Steve McCausland.

A homeowner on Salem Road reported a burglary and the theft of 11 rifles and handguns earlier this month, according to McCausland.

State police connected Ireland and the teenager to the crime when police in Newport got a tip that one of the guns had been pawned by Ireland at a local pawn shop, according to the release.

Police searched Ireland’s home but did not recover any of the guns and are looking to locate the rest of the weapons. Ireland has also been charged with furnishing a prescription drug, Ritalin (methylphenidate), to people without prescriptions and was scheduled to appear in court Wednesday.

The juvenile is scheduled to appear at a later date. Ireland is not the same man as the contractor from Howland accused of sexually assaulting a female relative and allegedly taking thousands of dollars in deposit money for natural gas connections that were never done.

State police ask anyone with information on the missing firearms to call 624-7076.


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