Duo Arrested In Gun Burglary At Herb Phillipson's


Nearly three years after guns were stolen during a break-in at Watertown's Herb Phillipson's store, charges have been filed against the suspects.

City police arrested 21 year old Phillip Hemminger, formerly of Black River, and 22 year old Andrew O'Connor, formally of Carthage.

They were charged with third-degree burglary.

Police picked up the suspects Wednesday at the state prison in Huntingdon, Pennsylvania, where they had been serving a sentence for robbing a hunter at gunpoint and stealing his vehicle and crossbow.

During the overnight hours of October 1, 2010, Hemminger and O'Connor allegedly smashed through the glass windows at the front of Herb Phillipson's.

The glass cases where the guns were stored were also broken.

The suspects allegedly stole several firearms.

Less than a week later, the duo was arrested after allegedly trying to pawn the guns in Rolla, Missouri.

They were extradited to Pennsylvania to face charges there.

After Watertown police brought Hemminger and O'Connor back to New York, the two were arraigned in city court.

Each was ordered held in lieu of $50,000 bail.

See our earlier report

Friday, December 9, 2016
, Watertown, NY

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