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State police investigating stolen hunting rifle

The Remington was left behind in a parking lot

PENN FOREST TWP., Pa. - Pennsylvania State Police are investigating the alleged theft of a hunting rifle that was reportedly left behind in a Carbon County parking lot.

State police said a 28-year-old hunter from Jim Thorpe had returned to his truck in the parking lot of Penn's Peak in Penn Forest Township shortly before 5:30 p.m. Nov. 28.

He told police that he had leaned his Remington 234 pump action rifle against his truck tire and began loading the rest of his gear into the truck. Police said he drove away, forgetting the rifle.

He told police that he didn't realize the gun was missing until he prepared to go hunting the next day.

He returned to Penn's Peak at 325 Murray Road, but the rifle was no longer where he had left it.

Police said in a news release that an unknown 16-year-old male had taken the rifle and fled. It's not clear from the release why authorities suspect a teenager grabbed the gun.

Anyone with information about the missing rifle is asked to contact state police at the Lehighton barracks at 610-681-1850.

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