Timothy George Sepella, 30, of Olive Lane, is scheduled today for a preliminary hearing on two charges each of theft and receiving stolen property.
Sepella’s mother flagged down some nearby police after returning home to find a front window screen removed, the back door kicked in and the home burglarized.
State police processed the crime scene, taking photographs and lifting fingerprints. Ambridge police took an inventory of the stolen property and the available serial numbers. Several empty pistol cases lay open around the room.
Police began to suspect Sepella’s involvement because the burglar knew exactly where to locate the weapons and ammo, which included AR-15 rifles and 10 to 15 loaded AR-15 magazines.
“He knew nobody would be home. He went right to an area where the guns are stored,” said Ambridge Police Chief James Mann.
On Nov. 13, an employee at AK’s House of Gold on Merchant Street notified police that Sepella was at the store. The employee had been asked to contact police if Sepella showed up for another case police had been working on.
Sepella was taken into custody on an outstanding warrant for forgery and taken to the police lock-up. Agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives came to the station to interview Sepella, who denied taking the guns. He was taken to Beaver County Jail.
Sepella told police he burglarized his parent’s home because a friend pressured him about the guns and made a veiled threat against his child’s mother.
Police said Sepella described kicking in the back door, sticking two assault rifles down his pants and walking out of the home with firearms. He brought the guns to the friend, who in exchange gave him $100 and 10 Percocet pills.
Mann said police have recovered 18 guns and seven are still missing.
Sepella remains in the Beaver County Jail unable to post $5,000.
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