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Teens charged in theft of four firearms, $13K worth of tools

The pair allegedly burglarized garage in October

L. NAZARETH TWP., Pa. - A pair of Northampton County teenagers is facing conspiracy and theft charges for allegedly burglarizing a Lower Nazareth Township garage and making off with four firearms and tools.

Colonial Regional police charged Owen McGaughran and Ryan P. Frable, both 18, in connection with the October 2016 burglary. They were arrested and arraigned late Thursday night. District Judge Nancy Matos Gonzelez set bail for McGaughran at $50,000 and $25,000 with a 10 percent cash option for Frable.

At the time of his arrest, McGaughran was already out on bail on charges related to the burglary.

Colonial Regional police responded to a home in the 4000 block of Christian Springs Road in Lower Nazareth Township on Oct. 8 to investigate a burglary report. The homeowner said someone had broken into his garage and stole three handguns, a rifle, $13,000 in tools and other items.

Nazareth police on Jan. 30 discovered McGaughran, of Wind Gap, was in possession of one of the stolen handguns. Authorities charged him with single felony counts of receiving stolen property and carrying a firearm without a license, according to court records.

He was arraigned on those charges Feb. 7 and sent to Northampton County Prison after failing to post $10,000 bail. His bail conditions were changed on Feb. 21 to allow for a 10 percent cash option, and he posted bail later that day.

Investigators with Colonial Regional interviewed McGaughran Thursday about the Lower Nazareth burglary, and he allegedly admitted to conspiring with Frable on the caper, according to records.

Authorities interviewed Frable the same day and found two handguns and the rifle inside his Bok Road home in Bushkill Township. He allegedly admitted to the burglary after police found the firearms.

Frable and McGaughran are now facing felony counts of burglary, theft and conspiracy and misdemeanor counts of theft and conspiracy along with ungraded counts of conspiracy and criminal trespass.

Frable was released from county jail Friday after posting bail. McGaughran, meanwhile, remains in jail after failing to post bail. The two are tentatively scheduled for preliminary hearings on March 30.


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