Police: York City man had 34 stolen guns
A York City man arrested in early August for allegedly trying to sell guns with obliterated serial numbers to undercover officers is now accused of possessing more than 30 stolen firearms, according to charging documents.
All of those guns, officials said, belonged to his stepfather, who died in April.
Joshua Hutchins, 22, of the 300 block of West Market Street, is charged with 31 counts each of receiving stolen property and prohibited possession of a firearm.
The case was investigated by the York County Drug Task Force, and York City Police, a member of the task force, filed the charges.
Initial arrest: Members of the York County Drug Task Force met with Hutchins at about 10 a.m. Aug. 10 in a parking lot at 2151 S. Queen St., York Township, officials said.
Charging documents indicate that Hutchins offered two undercover officers one of two guns for $400. Police say both of the firearms had their serial numbers obliterated.
Hutchins was arrested, and police found a third gun on him, charging documents state.
Police said Hutchins is not allowed to have a firearm because he has a prior conviction for possessing a prohibited weapon.
In that incident he is charged with prohibited possession of a firearm and possessing a firearm with an altered manufacturer number, online court records state.
The York County District Attorney's Office, which oversees the drug task force, said in a news release that Hutchins told undercover officers that the serial numbers were scratched off so the guns couldn't be traced back to him.
More guns found: After Hutchins' arrest, he let police search his York City home, charging documents state.
York City Police searched the home and recovered 31 firearms, which Hutchins confessed he stole from his mother's home, police said.
Officers spoke to his mother, Tracey Landis, who told authorities several weapons were missing from her home, charging documents state. Police said she identified several guns among those recovered from her son's home as guns that previously belonged to her husband, Eric Landis, who died in April.
Eric Landis, of Dover Township, died from self-inflicted wounds following a standoff with police on April 29. The DA's office said Landis was a gun collector.
Police say Hutchins' mother never gave him permission to take the firearms, and he took them without her knowledge. Hutchins' latest charges were filed Tuesday, Aug. 28.
Kyle King, spokesman for the DA's office, said the three guns Hutchins was found with during his initial arrest and the 31 guns found at his home all previously belonged to his stepfather.
He remains in York County Prison in lieu of $75,000 bail.
A message left for his public defender seeking comment was not returned.
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