GLOVERSVILLE – Two Fulton County residents have been arrested in connection with a weapons case that involved a burglary, Gloversville police said.
Timothy C. Belden, 31, of N. Second Street, Northville, and Sean Hines, of Broad Street, Gloversville were each charged.
Belden faces two counts of second-degree burglary and one count of third-degree criminal possession of a weapon, while Hines faces one count each of fourth-degree criminal possession of stolen property and criminal possession of a weapon, police said.
The investigation began the morning of April 30 as police were summoned to a Willow Street address for a burglary, police said.
The resident reported his apartment had been burglarized and that two firearms, a semi-automatic shotgun and an AK-47 assault rifle had been taken, police said.
Police soon developed Belden as a suspect. Officers then learned of a second burglary, on West Street in Gloversville and were soon able to link Belden to that break-in, as well, police said.
Police took Belden into custody on N. Water Street with the help of the Glove Cities Emergency response Team, police said.
Belden was ordered held on a state police warrant.
Police then continued work to find the guns. An officer spotted an individual leaving a location on Broad Street with what appeared to be the stolen shotgun on May 1. The person was stopped and the shotgun recovered, police said. The person with it was identified as Hines.
Police later recovered the stolen AK-47 the afternoon of May 1 on Spring Street, police said.
Gloversville police were assisted by Johnstown Police and state parole.
Additional charges are possible, police said.