Blood on display case leads to arrests of 2 in Dayton pawn shop gun theft

Blood on a display case in Dayton pawn shop where more than 20 guns were stolen in August helped lead investigators to two suspects and subsequent arrests, according to court documents.

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Sean Chappell and Tony Jackson, both 28, were taken into custody Wednesday morning by the U.S. Marshals Southern Ohio Fugitive Apprehension Strike Team with help from Dayton police, according to the U.S. Marshals Service.

Chappell and Jackson are charged with single counts of aggravated robbery, according to Dayton Municipal Court records.

On Aug. 29, three people entered the Ohio Loan Co. on West Third Street with guns drawn and multiple bags, video surveillance showed. The trio took more than two dozen guns and fled in a gold Chevrolet sedan.

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An employee told police the robbers fired at the store’s glass display case and stole 29 handguns, as well as cash and jewelry, according to the marshals service. A worker reportedly was assaulted with a handgun, but was not shot.

While watching the surveillance video, detectives saw that two of the suspects may have cut themselves on the display case glass, according to an affidavit.

Police collected glass and blood from the scene and sent the evidence to the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation for testing.

“The suspects, Tony Jackson and Sean Chappell, were named in the BCI report as the only two connected to the DNA analysis,” the affidavit read.

Earlier this month, arrest warrants were issued for Chappell and Jackson.

Jackson was arrested in the 1200 block of North Gettysburg Avenue and Chappell was apprehended in the 50 block of Bragg Place, according to the U.S. Marshals Service.

A preliminary hearing for Chappell and Jackson is scheduled for Feb. 7 in Dayton Municipal Court.