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PA – RETAILERS – Reading woman accused of multiple illegal purchase of guns for teen at firearms store in Oley Township

A Reading woman faces five felony counts after she was observed buying a handgun for a teenager at an Oley Township firearms dealer, later admitting to a detective that she made similar “straw” purchases for the same youth for a fee, investigators said Monday. Madeline Warrington, 42, of the 1100 block of Green Street and the 17-year-old male acquaintance were taken into custody by Central Berks Regional police on Friday outside Cro-Arms Guns & Ammo, 959 Memorial Highway. Authorities said the purchases were made between Sept. 26 and Dec. 4. Warrington was committed to Berks County Prison in lieu of $75,000 bail to await a hearing following arraignment Saturday morning before District Judge David L. Yoch in Reading Central Court. She’s charged with five counts each of making a materially false written statement for the purchase, delivery and transfer of a firearm. Besides those felony counts, she faces misdemeanor counts of making a statement under penalty and corruption of a minor. The 17-year-old defendant was sent to the juvenile detention facility at Abraxas Academy in New Morgan to await a detention hearing. He faces firearms and marijuana possession charges before Berks County juvenile authorities, investigators said. According to Central Berks police:

Investigators had Warrington on their radar after she reported two guns that she purchased had been stolen. They suspected the guns were actually transferred to someone else after she made a straw purchase.  [full article]

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