April 24, 2014

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Man faces charges after assault rifles go missing

A Lorain man was arrested and charged for stealing and arranging to sell two assault rifles belonging to his girlfriend’s father.

Steven Benner, 24, was charged with burglary, tampering with evidence and unlawful transaction in weapons, according to a report from the Lorain County Sheriff’s Office.

A Carlisle Township man told deputies Monday that he suspected Benner of stealing his assault rifles, because Benner had been over to pick up some books for his girlfriend, the report said.

Benner told police he stole the weapons to support his addiction to oxymorphone, a pain reliever similar to morphine.

Benner said he asked another man to help him sell the rifles, according to the report.

Deputies searched the second man’s residence on the 3000 block of Colorado Avenue in Lorain but did not recover the weapons.

At first that man told deputies he did not know about any weapons, but later said he sold them to a man at an address on the 500 block of East 33rd Street in Lorain. Deputies also searched that home, but did not recover the guns. Scarvelli was charged with complicity to tampering with evidence, unlawful transaction of weapons and obstructing official business.