Police: Man Lied About Stolen Gun

A Bradford man is facing charges for saying his handgun had been stolen when, in fact, he sold it to a known drug dealer.

Vincent Santiago reported the gun stolen in January of last year. In February a state parole agent conducting a routine check of Demario Watts found the gun under a mattress in Watts’ apartment.

Subsequent to the investigation Sgt. Jason Daugherty says he learned that the gun was not stolen, and that Santiago sold the gun to Watts for $285, according to court papers.

Santiago is in McKean County Jail on $10,000 bail. Watts was sentenced a year ago to 4 to 6 years at SCI-Somerset on a drug charge and for being a convicted felon with a gun. He was originally charged with receiving stolen property, but that was dismissed.

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