2 more arrests made in Salina gun thefts

Published On: May 02 2014 11:10:49 AM CDT   Updated On: May 05 2014 03:17:29 PM CDT
Two more Salina gun thefts
SALINA, Kan. -

Salina police have arrested two more people in connection to a firearms theft from a sporting goods store last month.

Officers arrested Jason McCarty, 36, and Jacky McConnell, 35, over the weekend for possession of the stolen weapons.

The Salina Journal reports the investigation began after officers tried to stop McCarty for a warrant arrest. Police said McCarty began running, and threw something out of his pocket during the chase. McCarty was quickly apprehended, and recovered a .45-caliber black and silver semiautomatic Springfield gun identified as one of the firearms stolen during the April 14 burglary at Cleve's.

In a separate incident, officers were led to an apartment in the 200 block of South 11th Sunday morning. They found a .38-caliber Smith & Wesson identified as stolen from Cleve's and two other handguns inside.

McConnell was arrested for possession of stolen property and drug-related charges. Both remain jailed on bond.

The case will be turned over to the Saline County district attorney for review.


Three people have been arrested in connection with the theft of 140 firearms from a gun store last month according to the ATF .

Salina Police arrested Gregory Walburn and Matthew Hewitt have been arrested in connection to the gun burglary at Cleve's Marine and Sporting Goods in Salina between the night of April 12th and the morning of April 14th.

Walburn was arrested during a traffic stop on Wednesday on outstanding warrants. Police found stolen guns at the scene of the stop.

"There's no such thing as a routine traffic stope," Cpt. Mike Sweeney of the Salina Police Department said. "We don't know who we stop. It could be for a simple violation, but once the investigation is done, in that simple violation, multiple things can happen."

The investigation lead them to  Hewitt who was arrested Thursday night at a Walmart with marijuana and a stolen gun in his car. Both will face federal charges. The name of the third suspect has not been released. More arrests are expected.

73 firearms that were stolen from Cleve's were recovered, most of them at Hewitt's house after police searched it it. They also found items from other Salina area burglaries. Neighbors say they were surprised to find out about the guns.

"It can get in the wrong hands," Gene Wright said. "Accidental shootings, you hear about it all the time in the news about kids getting guns and accidentally shooting them."