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Police arrest suspected gun thief after foot chase

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Police in Lancaster County arrested a 19-year-old following a brief foot chase. The suspect, Joshua Michael Weis of Lititz, faces numerous charges including burglary and theft.

Weis was arrested in connection with a number of crimes he is alleged to have committed in Warwick and Clay townships between August 20 and September 23.

A second subject is still under investigation and has been identified as a 16-year-old juvenile male.

During the course of his suspected crime spree, police said Weis took eight firearms from various homes and sold them. Six have been recovered so far.

Officials said Weis also stole coins and jewelry, all of which were recovered. Some of the items were recovered from local pawn shops.

Weis was initially charged on September 27 for burglary and two counts of theft for a residential burglary which took place in the 200 block of North Clay Road, reported on September 23. Police said Weis took $3,000 in jewelry and $1,000 in coins, gift cards and three firearms.

Weis was taken into custody on September 28 following a brief foot chase with officers. Weis was in possession of drug paraphernalia and suspected controlled substances at the time of the warrant service.

The suspect was charged and arraigned, then placed in the Lancaster County Prison on $25,000 bail. Weis was able to post bail and was released.

Police filed additional charges and arrest warrants for Weis on October 2 for numerous other crimes he allegedly committed, including burglaries on Lititz Run and East Newport roads.

Charges for theft from vehicles and loitering/prowling at night occurred in the area of Pine Wood Avenue in Lititz.

Weis was arraigned on the additional charges on October 3 and returned to Lancaster County Prison on $ 225,000 bail.

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