Meadville Tribune

December 24, 2013

Major Titusville bust nets assault rifle, stolen weapons, drugs and suspected dealer

The Meadville Tribune

TITUSVILLE — A high-powered  assault rifle loaded with “cop killer” bullets, stolen firearms and a large amount of drugs were among the items discovered during a recent arrest in the city, according to information released by Titusville police today.

In his press release, Titusville Police Chief Gary Thomas said the material was discovered Dec. 19 when Titusville police assisted the Western Pennsylvania Fugitive Task Force in executing an arrest warrant to 820 Rockwood Drive, Apt. 25.

Nicholas Reynolds, 22, of 507 Green St., Lancaster, was arrested without incident. During a search of the residence several fully loaded weapons and drugs were discovered.

“What concerned our officers the most was a Bushmaster AR15,” Thomas said in the release. “This is the same type of weapon our department uses.” The AR15 had a 50-round clip and “was loaded with ballistic tipped bullets, or cop killers,” said Thomas. “They (the bullets) got that name for a reason. When fired from an assault-type weapon at a high velocity they can penetrate a protective vest.”

In addition to the AR15, officers also seized a Glock .45 caliber semi-automatic, a Charter Arms .38 caliber snub-nose revolver, Kimber Ultra Carry 2 .45 caliber semi-automatic and a Husqvarna .308 rifle. The Bushmaster, Charter Arms and Kimber firearms were stolen from the Lancaster area. “There is a strong probability that the other three weapons were either stolen or acquired illegally, traded for drugs possibly,” said Thomas.

Reynolds also had several 30 milligram Oxycodone pills and various other prescription drugs as well as a half pound of marijuana. Drug paraphernalia, including a set of scales was found with the drugs.

Reynolds faces felony charges of illegal possession of firearms, three counts of receiving stolen property and possession of controlled substances with intent to deliver. He also faces three counts of possession of a small amount of marijuana, possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia, all of which are misdemeanors. The charges will be filed at Magisterial District Justice Amy Nichols’ office later this week.

Reynolds is current in the Crawford County jail without bail.

Reynolds was wanted on a bench warrant issued in Lancaster County related to an investigation into the sale and distribution of heroin. That investigation is being led by members of the state police Troop J Vice/Narcotics Unit and the Elizabethtown Borough Police Department. During the execution of search warrants in Elizabethtown, law enforcers obtained information about Reynolds.