Man turns over stolen handgun and sheriff arrests suspected burglar

SHERBURNE – A burglary suspect was arrested last week after a concerned citizen told police he’d been given a handgun he believed to be stolen.



The Chenango County Sheriff’s Office charged 25-year-old Michael J. Mathis of Smyrna with second degree burglary, fourth degree grand larceny and third degree criminal possession of a weapon, all felonies.

Lt. Richard Cobb said the crime took place between Aug. 1 and Aug. 9.

He said the victim of the crime was unaware his firearm had been stolen until a number of days later, when he went to retrieve it.


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