Handguns, Pot Operation Discovered In Joint Investigation

Two men have been committed to jail after a marijuana grow operation and multiple handguns were discovered earlier this week.

A joint investigation by Jamestown and Ellicott police led to charges against Kenneth Wynn, 34, of Jamestown, and Kevin W. Schrecengost, 25, of Celoron.

City police and the state Division of Parole conducted a home visit Monday of Wynn at 610 Jefferson St. Police found more than 50 marijuana plants in a grow operation in the attic.

Also located in Wynn’s residence were two handguns that were allegedly taken during a recent burglary in Celoron. A third handgun tied to the burglary was discovered to be at a residence in Celoron.

A search warrant was obtained, and officers from Jamestown and Ellicott executed it this week, Capt. Robert Samuelson of the Jamestown Police Department said.

The handgun was retrieved in the search.

“This was terrific police work by two agencies and the Division of Parole, who without them we wouldn’t have come across this,” Samuelson said.

Wynn was charged with parole violation, two counts of second-degree criminal possession of a weapon and criminal possession of stolen property. The city resident was being held in Chautauqua County Jail pending arraignment in city court today.

Ellicott police linked Schrecengost with four separate burglaries that occurred in Celoron in the past month. He was charged with two counts of second-degree burglary, two counts of third-degree burglary, third-degree grand larceny, two counts of fourth-degree grand larceny and petit larceny.

Schrecengost was arraigned in Ellicott Court and remanded to jail.

Samuelson said the investigation is ongoing and more charges are expected.

See Friday’s edition of The Post-Journal for complete coverage.