Teen charged for burglary, firearm theft

Published 5:15 pm Saturday, April 14, 2012

An 18-year-old has been charged in Mower County Court for his alleged involvement in a burglary and gun theft.

Jayson Pomsyda, 18, of Austin, was charged Thursday with first-degree burglary involving dangerous weapons, second-degree burglary and firearm theft. All three charges are felonies. The maximum penalty for firearm theft is 20 years in prison and a $100,000 fine.

According to the complaint, the owner of a northwest Austin home was on vacation when a woman watching the home called the owner, saying it appeared someone tried to break in. The homeowner told the woman to check a safe, which appeared to be undisturbed, along with the rest of the house, the complaint states.

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Officers then responded to the home in the 900 block of Fifth Avenue NW on April 5 after the woman watching it reported that someone broke in, stole the safe and left a mess.

According to the complaint, the alleged burglars removed the safe, which contained several thousand dollars worth of merchandise, including multiple rifles, a shotgun, about 25 knives, a pistol, valuable coins, birth certificates and baby books.

Authorities later spoke with a man who recovered two of the rifles, which had been stashed in bushes at the 900 block of Fourth Avenue NW. This man also provided information about who the suspects may be, according to the complaint. Authorities learned about Pomsyda and later found him on April 10 at the 600 block of Ninth Street NW. When they knocked on the door, a person told police that Pomsyda was inside, and police arrested Pomsyda, the complaint states.

Pomsyda allegedly told authorities that he was involved with two juveniles, who went to the home two times. Pomsyda said one of the juveniles unlocked the back door, according to the complaint. Pomsyda also said the second time he went to the home he saw guns, the safe had already been damaged, and that he did not steal anything. In the complaint, Pomsyda maintains that he was not at the home when the others stole the safe and guns.

Though police recovered the safe and some its contents, two guns, knives and ammo were still missing, the complaint states.