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August 16, 2012

18-year-old Danville man charged with stealing guns from cars

DANVILLE — An 18-year old Danville man is accused of stealing two Smith & Wesson .40 caliber handguns from the cars of borough residents.

The suspect, identified by police as Yaser Oms, of 8 Ash St., Danville, was arraigned by District Judge Marvin Shrawder at about 11 a.m., Wednesday.

One of the guns Oms allegedly stole was sold to a man involved in a domestic violence call placed on July 28.

Oms faces two sets of charges, each related to the theft of handguns from the cars of area residents.

Oms, a native of Cuba whose family moved to the U.S. earlier this year, spoke to Shrawder with the help of a translator.

The two guns Oms is accused of stealing, both Smith & Wesson .40-caliber handguns, belonged to Jason Ambrose, of 21 Second St., Danville, and Gary Lewis, of 18 Chamber St., Danville.

Lewis’ handgun was reported missing July 5, when he told police items had been removed from his vehicle overnight while it was parked in his driveway. A Cannon Power Shot Camera and an MP3 player were also taken from the Lewis car.

On July 28, state police at Milton responded to a domestic violence call at 1135 Continental Blvd. involving Ty Diehl, a previously convicted felon. Diehl was taken into custody and a search of the scene revealed the stolen handgun.

According to police, Diehl said he bought the gun in July from a Hispanic man he knew as “Yasell.”

Diehl agreed to buy the gun for $150, and the next night met with Yasell and “Alex,” another Hispanic male. “Alex” retrieved the gun from bushes in the wooded area behind Greg Shultz Construction and Diehl gave Yasell $70 in cash with the promise to pay more later.

On Aug. 7, two Hispanic males were found by the Danville police entering parked cars in the Clinton Street area at 1:30 a.m. One of them, later identified as Yaser Oms, was caught, while the other escaped. Diehl later identified Oms as the one who had sold the stolen gun to him.

Oms later told police that he had been entering vehicles and taking items. He said he had done so with a juvenile who goes by aliases such as Alex. The pair had broken into cars four times. They were caught by police during the fourth attempt.

According to police reports, Oms said he and Alex stole three guns from vehicles and that one of them was sold to a man named Ty. Oms said one of the weapons, a smaller gun, had been taken from a car outside of town, in the Ridgeview area of Mahoning Township. Oms said this gun, a Raven 0.25 caliber handgun, was being carried by Alex.

Oms showed police where the handgun belonging to Ambrose was hidden, under a cement block near a set of railroad tracks behind Greg Shultz Construction.

Oms is charged with six felonies, which include four counts of theft by unlawful taking and two counts of receiving stolen property. He also faces four misdemeanor charges, which include one count of theft by unlawful taking, two counts of theft from a motor vehicle and one count of receiving stolen property.

Shrawder listed bail for Oms at $50,000. His preliminary hearing is scheduled for 1 p.m. Aug. 22 in Shrawder’s office.

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