Fifteen-year-old Michael Musia III of Joseph has been charged with theft I and burglary I for the alleged theft of four firearms from an undisclosed victim on Latigo Lane between Enterprise and Joseph.
Investigating officer Sgt. John Campbell of the Wallowa County Sheriff's Office, who did not wish to disclose the name of either the victim or the third party who discovered the firearms, said that the theft of a firearm is an automatic Theft I crime and entering a residence with the intent to commit a robbery is an automatic Burglary I crime.
Musia was arraigned Tuesday afternoon at which time a detention hearing was scheduled to determine whether or not the youth would be released from custody.
Musia is accused of entering the victim's home about two weeks ago and taking a Ruger revolver, a .22 long rifle pump, a single shot 4/10 shotgun and a Browning .22 bolt action rifle. The guns were allegedly stored in an outbuilding near Musia's residence until a third party found them and confronted the youth. The victim did not realize the guns had been stolen until he was called by the third party. Only after that call this Monday was Campbell called in on the case.