WINTHROP - A 49-year-old Winthrop man charged with stealing nearly two dozen long guns from his parents home while they vacationed in Florida this past winter has held his felony burglary count sent up to St. Lawrence County Court following a preliminary hearing in Stockholm Town Court.
Massena-based state police had charged Randall J. McCarthy, 49, of 1613 County Route 49, Winthrop, with second-degree burglary on May 16. Stockholm Town Justice Wayne G. Williams ruled following the preliminary hearing that enough evidence had been presented to hold the case for possible grand jury action. He sent McCarthy back to the St. Lawrence County Correctional Facility with bail continued at $10,000 cash or $20,000 bond.
State police Bureau of Criminal Investigation Investigator Scott D. Hite said the arrest stemmed from a joint investigation by troopers and investigators from Massena and the state police Troop B Gun Unit in Ray Brook.
The investigation was launched on Feb. 29 when Connecticut State Police reported they were in possession of several long guns that possibly had originated from the Massena area and provided troopers with the serial numbers for those rifles and shotguns. Inv. Hite said the serial numbers provided by Connecticut officers did not match any guns that had been reported stolen from the Massena area.
But that all changed on May 6 when James and Victoria McCarthy returned home from a trip to Florida and discovered their home had been burglarized and several items - including 23 long guns - had been stolen. They provided us with serial numbers and a lot of the serial numbers matched the guns that had been provided to us by state police in Connecticut.
Inv. Hite said the investigation revealed McCarthy had allegedly traded the 23 long guns for two snowmobiles with a Connecticut man he met on Craigs List. He said the investigation into the incident is on-going and additional charges are pending.
Mrs. McCarthy, in a statement she provided troopers, said when she and her husband arrived home from spending several months in Florida they immediately noticed someone had broken into their home. She said a clock her husband had made her was missing from a wall, a fuel oil line had been cut, bedrooms inside the home had been ransacked and holes had been cut into two safes, where guns had been stored.
She told troopers the stolen items included several guns cans and drawers filled with coins. Mrs. McCarthy also said a number of other items including a John Deere tractor, an air compressor, various tools and a utility tractor were also missing from their property.
The couples son had traveled to Florida on April 7 and rode home with them.
When we got to Syracuse, Randy started to complain of chest pains but wanted to get home. When we got to Potsdam (on April 6), Randy asked to stop at the hospital. The hospital was admitting Randy so we travelled home to unpack, she said, noting that was when they discovered their home had been burglarized.
Mr. Williams signed a temporary order of protection directing the younger Mr. McCarthy not to harass his parents, an aunt and two alleged witnesses in the case.