Raid results in four arrests

Police vehicles are shown surrounding Jan Smokes & Deli at 142 W. Fulton St. in Gloversville Tuesday afternoon after an arrest of four suspects accused of possessing a stolen vehicle, drugs and a handgun. Gloversville Police Department, Fulton County Sheriff's Department and the New York State Police were present at the scene. (The Leader-Herald/Josh Bovee)

GLOVERSVILLE — Several police agencies convened at a local convenience store Tuesday after the Fulton County Sheriff’s Department had a hit on a license plate reader indicating a stolen vehicle the department was looking for was in the area.

Four were arrested and charged, and the stolen vehicle, drugs and a loaded handgun confiscated.

Sheriff Richard Giardino said a 2003 Dodge Dakota had been stolen Tuesday from a business in Broadalbin.

During the investigation, the Gloversville Police Department was able to determine the vehicle had been seen recently in the city and notified the sheriff’s department.

Giardino said a deputy interviewed people at a business in the city where the vehicle had been seen and reviewed area surveillance video from that section of the city.

Another suspect is loaded into a Fulton County sheriff’s vehicle following an arrest in the parking lot of Jan Smokes & Deli in Gloversville Tuesday afternoon. Gloversville Police Department, Fulton County Sheriff’s Department and the New York State Police were present at the scene. (The Leader-Herald/Josh Bovee)

“They were able to confirm the vehicle had been in the area,” said Giardino.

While the deputy was in the business, the vehicle actually passed by the store and “his license plate reader had a positive hit” on the stolen vehicle, Giardino said.

The deputy alerted other area law enforcement, including state police and city police and began patrolling the area.

“He looked for a few minutes and spotted the vehicle,” Giardino said.

The truck was stopped at the intersection of West Street and Spring Street and the driver of the vehicle pulled into the parking lot of West and West Fulton streets.

Charged in the incident were Tessa N. Taylor, 24, of Gloversville; Steven M. Pierce, 20, of Gloversville; Cody A. Beagle, 19, of Gloversville; and Sean M. Durrin, 20, of Schenectady.

Taylor was charged with fourth-degree criminal possession of stolen property, a class E felony, criminal possession of a firearm, a class E felony, third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, a class B felony, fifth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, a class D felony, misdemeanor seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and unlawful possession of marijuana.

Pierce, Beagle and Durrin were each charged with fourth-degree criminal possession of stolen property and criminal possession of a firearm.

Giardino said in addition to crack cocaine, Suboxone and marijuana, and a loaded handgun was recovered.

“There was a bullet in the gun and one [bullet] in a purse,” Giardino said.

He said all four could face felony theft charges as well.

“All four of them were in the vehicle and no one would actually admit [who stole the vehicle,]” said Giardino. “But under state law, since they were all in the [stolen] vehicle, the presumption is of [them being involved in the theft].”

All four were arraigned in Johnstown City Court and remanded to Fulton County Correctional facility in lieu of bail.

Taylor, Pierce and Beagle are being held on $20,000 cash bail or $40,000 bond, while Durrin’s bail was set at $10,000 cash or $20,000 bail.

The four will appear in Gloversville City Court at a later date.

“I would like to thank all the agencies who helped out,” said Giardino, noting that help from the multi-agencies helped solve the case.

Editor’s note: Jan Smokes & Deli was not involved in the arrests in any way.

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