Man accused of stealing 4 guns to sell to drug dealer

Criminal charges continue to mount against Upper Fairfield Township resident Clinton James “CJ” Taylor, who just was released from state prison in early October.

Already out on bail on firearm violations, Taylor, 31, of 3964 Mountain Road, was arrested Friday night on a new set of state police felony and misdemeanor charges for allegedly stealing four handguns last month from a Loyalsock Township home.

Taylor allegedly stole the guns, along with $400 in coins from John Kiess’ home at 2857 Four Mile Drive between Dec. 10 and Dec. 28, Trooper Adam Kirk said.

Taylor is the son of Kiess’ girlfriend, and Kiess allowed him to stay at the residence in order “to keep an eye on the house” while he was away, Kirk said in an affidavit.

Soon after returning to the area, Taylor confessed to Kiess that he “(messed) up. I took four handguns and sold them to a drug dealer in Williamsport,” Kirk said.

Kiess told police Taylor took coins from the house.

After his arrest, Taylor was arraigned before District Judge Jerry C. Lepley on four felony counts each of theft and receiving stolen property as well as one misdemeanor count each of theft and receiving stolen property.

A laidoff landscaper, Taylor told Lepley that he was enrolled in college and was ready to begin taking classes next week.

“I would like to get out so I can go to school,” Taylor told the judge.

Convicted of drug and drunk driving offenses dating back to 2000, Taylor, convicted of burglary five years ago, was committed to the Lycoming County Prison in lieu of $50,000 bail.

He is expected to go on trial later this year for allegedly selling stolen handguns in order to get heroin for another man, state police said.