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Sussex man pleads not guilty for theft of handguns

A Sussex man pleaded not guilty Monday to stealing seven handguns from a local fish-and-game store late last week.

A Sussex man pleaded not guilty Monday to stealing seven handguns from a local fish-and-game store late last week.

Joseph Shortridge, 28, pleaded not guilty to break, enter and theft of the guns, which included five 22-calibre semi-automatic guns, a 9-mm Beretta and a .44 Magnum revolver.

Shortridge appeared in Hampton provincial court on Monday. He will return on Tuesday for bail hearing.

The seven handguns were stolen from Sussex Outfitters, a fish-and-game store, on Main Street in Sussex on May 27.

The glass in the store's front door and a display case were broken during the theft.

A security company was at the store on Monday performing upgrades on the alarm system.

The owner of Sussex Outfitters is also considering installing a metal grate on the storefront.

 

 

Corrections

  • Joseph Shortridge, 28, pleaded not guilty to break, enter and theft on Monday. An earlier version of this story contained incorrect information.
    Oct 12, 2013 6:26 AM AT