Two Local Teens Arrested In "Cross Country Crime Spree"

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By Diane Rutherford

Two north country teens have been arrested in Missouri following what police call a "cross country crime spree".

The Rolla Police Department in Missouri arrested 18 year old Philip E. Hemminger of Black River and 19 year old Andrew M. O'Connor of Carthage.

According to police, the two were acting suspiciously as they tried to pawn several weapons at a local pawn shop on Tuesday.
 
Officers said that when they responded to the scene, the men were outside the shop near a vehicle with out of state registration.

Police determined that the vehicle had been reported as stolen in Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania on October 3, 2010. 
 
Officers detained the two.

Upon further investigation, police said they discovered six firearms and camping gear which had been reported as stolen during the burglary of Herb Philipson's sporting goods and clothing store in Watertown on October 1.

See our report on the burglary

Police also believe the two had robbed a hunter at gunpoint in Pennsylvania and stole his vehicle and crossbow after assaulting him.
 
Hemminger and O'Connor were charged with receiving stolen property.

Both were sent to the Phelps County Jail in Missouri in lieu of $400,000 bond.

They will be extradited to Pennsylvania and New York where they will face additional charges. 
 
"The arrests of these two armed criminals were a direct result of our citizens cooperating and notifying law enforcement of suspicious activity, for that I would like to thank them for their initiative," said Rolla Police Chief Mark Kearse in a news release.

According to Lieutenant Frank Derrigo of the Watertown Police Department, Hemminger and O'Connor were trying to pawn two of the guns stolen from Herb Philipson's at the time of their arrest.

He said the police department hasn't filed charges against the two because the outstanding charges pending in Pennsylvania are more serious.
 

Saturday, November 22, 2014
, Watertown, NY

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