MASSENA - A pair of teenage boys are behind bars after allegedly stealing a handgun from the grandparents of a third boy who hosted a party at his grandparents home while they were away.
The grandson, Caleb J. Mossow, 16, of 9 North Clarkson Ave., admitted to throwing the party and showing the gun to his friends, who police say later returned to the home and stole it.
My grandparents (whom were not identified) were going to be out of town for about three or four weeks, Mr. Mossow said, adding he mowed the lawn of their 34 Nightengale Ave. home for them on July 4, while they were gone.
I had some friends over at my house on July 7, he said. It somehow got brought up that my grandparents were going to be gone and that I was mowing their lawn.
According to Mr. Mossow, after hearing about the empty house his friends, including Sawyer E. White, 16, of 41 Somerset Ave., began pressuring him to have a party at their home.
My friends Sawyer White and Josh Frederick told me that I should have a party at my grandparents house, Mr. Mossow recalled. I told them no and that I couldnt do that. I am against drinking and I was really nervous about it.
Mr. Mossow then said he returned to the home to mow on July 11, at which point he realized their home was unlocked.
The following day he was hanging out with Mr. White and Jesse K. Jordan, 16, of 351 East Orvis St. Apt. A, when Mr. Mossow said the topic of conversation again shifted to his grandparents house.
They kept pressuring me to go over to my grandparents house to get them some alcohol. I told them that my grandparents didnt really have a lot, Mr. Mossow said. I knew that the back door was unlocked so we all went over there on our way to play lacrosse.
Mr. Mossow said the pressure from his friends continued, even after taking them to the house for the first time.
For the next few days, my friends kept on me about having a party there. I decided that I would, he said.
Then on July 14, he threw a party at his grandparents home, telling police in his statement that he told his parents he was spending the night at the home of a friend.
Instead he returned to the home with Mr. White and Mr. Jordan. They all drank beer and wine that they had found in the house, but drinking wasnt all that went on at the party.
We smoked some bowls of weed in the downstairs basement of the home, Mr. Mossow said. I was pretty high after this and we all went upstairs.
According to Mr. Mossow going upstairs led to more exploring of the home and ultimately the discovery of a handgun in his grandfathers bedroom.
I showed Josh, Sawyer and Jesse the French writing on the gun and told them how my great grandfather had brought it back after the war, Mr. Mossow said, noting they all spent the night at the home and he was the last to leave the next day.
Explaining that he was having second thoughts about showing his friends the gun, Mr. Mossow said he checked to make sure the gun was still there before he left.
Mr. Mossow said he then returned to mow their lawn again on July 20 and noticed that his grandparents home was a mess and that the gun had been stolen. Mr. Mossow told police that his friends admitted they had another party at the house, but said they denied any knowledge of stealing the gun.
When Mr. Mossows grandparents returned home, he said they asked him what had happened while they were gone.
I was confronted about this by my grandparents and I lied to them, he said. I told them all I did was mow the lawn.
For his role in the burglary Mr. Mossow was charged with petit larceny and second-degree burglary. He was arraigned by Village Justice Eric Gustafson and released into the supervision of probation.
The charges against Mr. White and Mr. Jordan, however, were more severe, as they allegedly sold the stolen gun to Dusty Huckle, 20, of 351 East Orvis St., Apt. 15.
In his statement to police Mr. Huckle said he was approached by the two boys.
About four or five days ago Jesse Jordan and this Sawyer kid came to my home and asked if I wanted to buy a gun. I said sure, and they said they knew where they could get one, Mr. Huckle said. So they then left and came back with a silver handgun with black hand grips. The clip was loaded with six bullets. I unloaded the clip and gave them $40 for the gun.
Mr. Huckle said the pair again returned the next day with a box of shells for the gun.
At this time I didnt know it was stolen, Mr. Huckle.
Both Mr. White and Mr. Jordan were charged with second-degree burglary, third-degree criminal sale of a firearm, fourth-degree grand larceny, fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon and petit larceny. They were each arraigned by Judge Gustafson and sent to the St. Lawrence County Jail on $1,000 cash bail or $2,000 bail bond.
Mr. Huckle was charged with third-degree criminal sale of a firearm, fourth-degree criminal possession of stolen property and fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon. He was also arraigned by Judge Gustafson and sent to the St. Lawrence County Jail on $1,000 cash or $2,000 bail bond.
Mr. Jordan, Mr. White and Mr. Huckle are each slated to again appear in court at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday. Mr. Mossows next scheduled appearance is at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday.