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Northville man pleads guilty to third-degree burglary as part of plea deal

JOHNSTOWN — One of two men arrested in spring 2020 for a burglary that resulted in the theft of firearms is looking at up to five years in state prison.

Timothy C. Belden, 32, of 121 N. Second St., Northville, pleaded guilty Feb. 16 in Fulton County Court before Judge Polly A. Hoye to one felony count of third-degree burglary, as part of a plea arrangement.

Sentencing was adjourned until a later date, but Belden is expected to receive 2 1/2 to five years in state prison as a second felony offender.

He also faces possible restitution, and an order or protection would be granted for his victim.

Belden was one of two-defendants — along with Sean Hines of Broad Street, Gloversville — arrested May 8, 2020 by the Gloversville Police Department. Police said at the time that they were taken into custody as the result of two burglaries that resulted in the theft of firearms.

Police said Belden was charged with two counts of second-degree burglary and third-degree criminal possession of a weapon.

The arrests followed an investigation into a burglary that was reported after the fact to police at a Willow Street address.

Responding officers were told by the victim his apartment was burglarized of a semi-automatic shotgun and AK-47 assault rifle stolen from his home.

Police said officers reviewed surveillance footage and conducted several interviews, ultimately identifying Belden as a suspect.

Later in the afternoon, police were dispatched to a second burglary on West Street in Gloversville that detectives connected to Belden.

The second incident involved the theft of personal checks, police said.

Police said Belden was known to both victims, and neither victim were targeted randomly.

The Glove Cities Response Team eventually located Belden on North Water Street and he was safely taken into custody.

At the time, Belden was wanted on a state parole violation. The shotgun was recovered on Broad Street in Gloversville.

With the help of the public, police were also able to safely recover the assault rifle.

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