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Miguel Torres buys stolen gun from teen who burglarized home, officials say

By Len Righi, WFMZ.com Reporter
Published On: May 09 2013 05:59:09 PM CDT
Updated On: May 10 2013 11:20:01 AM CDT
BETHLEHEM, Pa. -

A man is in trouble with the law after buying a stolen gun from a 14-year-old boy who had burglarized a home, officials said.

Miguel A. Torres Jr. met the teen on Railroad Street, not far from Torres' home at 218 Hobart St., in Bethlehem on Tuesday and paid him $100 for a Ruger MK II pistol Torres knew was stolen, officials said.

Torres concealed the weapon in his pants and walked home, officials added.

Police found the stolen gun on Wednesday in the basement of Torres' home, and Torres' father told officers his son had bought the gun from "a young kid" the day before, officials said.

Torres later told police he bought the gun for protection, officials said.

Torres, 27, was arraigned early Thursday morning on charges of receiving stolen property and carrying a firearm without a license and committed to the Northampton County Prison on $40,000 bail, according to court documents.

A preliminary hearing is set for 11 a.m. May 21.

The gun sold by the teen was one of three he stole Tuesday night after breaking into the home of Andrew Heil at 1129 Amplex St., Bethlehem, officials said.

Besides the pistol, the juvenile broke took a Ruger P95 9mm handgun and a Mossberg 12 gauge shotgun, officials said.

The boy has been charged with burglary, theft by unlawful taking, receiving stolen property and related offenses.