Weapons Lead To Drugs

A routine parole check led to multiple burglary and weapons charges against two men this week.

Jamestown police Capt. Robert Samuelson on Thursday hailed the joint investigation with Ellicott police and state Division of Parole. Facing numerous charges are Kenneth Wynn, 34, of Jamestown, and Kevin W. Schrecengost, 25, of Celoron.

City police and parole officers conducted a home visit Monday of Wynn at 610 Jefferson St. After two handguns were discovered, a search warrant was obtained and 50 marijuana plants were discovered in the attic.

“These are very routine checks that are done all the time,” Samuelson said. “It became less routine once the weapons were found in the residence.”

During their investigation, police learned the handguns were allegedly taken during a recent burglary. A third weapon tied to the burglary was found to be at a residence in Celoron.

A search warrant was issued for the Celoron home, and officers from Jamestown and Ellicott executed it this week, Samuelson 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 arraigned Thursday in Jamestown City Court.

Through an investigation, Ellicott police linked Schrecengost with four separate burglaries that occurred in Celoron in the past month. Police are probing other burglaries for a possible connection.

“We were able to use the information that was obtained from the first search warrant to some incidents in Celoron,” Ellicott police Det. Brad Knight said. “Luckily we found one of the handguns and were able to match information to burglaries at some businesses and residences.”

Schrecengost 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. He was arraigned in Ellicott Court and remanded to jail.

Samuelson said the investigation is ongoing and more charges are expected. He said the men likely committed the crimes to fuel drug habits.

“This is just another example of the drug problems we are seeing,” he said.