2 arrested for burglarizing home in Columbia

COLUMBIA, Pa. (WHTM) – Police responded to a burglary in Columbia Friday night.

The victims told officers that when they arrived home, their rear door was kicked in.

When police investigated the house, they found four firearms were stolen as well as video games, a video game controller, and an Apple iPad.

The victims told police there were two men standing on their sidewalk when they left their residence that morning.

An officer saw the same men in the area shortly after when he was on patrol.

The men were identified as 18-year-old Terrence Simms and 21-year-old Israel Margarito.

When police went to Simm’s house, Simms admitted that he and Margarito burglarized the house.

Simms told police he took a bus to Lancaster where he sold the guns to someone on the street.

Margarito, who had two active warrants, was found hiding in a closet in a house on North Third Street.

Police found one of the missing guns at the house.

Some of the stolen items were recovered at Simms’s house, but three of the firearms are still missing.

Margarito and Simms are charged with burglary, theft, and criminal conspiracy.

Anyone with information should call the Columbia police at 717-684-7735.

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