Detective Joe Nerlinger from the Butler County Sheriff’s Office testified during the preliminary hearing that witnesses called police and reported that two men were seen leaving Roberson’s around 10:30 a.m. on Jan. 28 with “a handful” of guns. Nerlinger said the two men were wearing masks and gloves at the time of the alleged theft.
RELATED: Callers reported suspects with ‘armful of guns’ in sporting goods store break-in
Harrison told police that Albin taped over the license plates of his black Saturn that she used as a get-away car. But after she heard the alarm inside the store, Harrison allegedly drove off, leaving Albin and Johnson behind, police said.
At least two people called 911 to report seeing two men leaving the store with guns, Nerlinger said.
Harrison was arrested a short time later, and Albin and Johnson were apprehended the same day, police said. After Johnson was arrested, police issued a search warrant and found Albin hiding in a Middletown apartment, Nerlinger said. He said all three suspects were taken into custody without incident.
Nerlinger said police recovered about seven weapons, though they believe about 15 were stolen. Informants told police the guns were going to be sold in the area.
When questioned by police after his arrest, Albin told them he “had nothing to do” with the gun theft, Nerlinger testified.
Albin and Johnson allegedly used a hammer to smash out a glass window and break into Roberson’s Sporting Goods.