Criminal investigation brings federal agents to Glenville gun shop


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GLENVILLE — Federal agents descended on a Route 50 gun shop recently as part of an ongoing investigation.

 A spokesman for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms said Thursday that an investigation is underway of alleged criminal activity connected to Target Sports, but the situation is not anything that puts the public in danger — there are no firearms unaccounted for or missing, for example.

Nor, he said, is it related to a 2017 burglary in which 67 guns were stolen. Two Schenectady men were convicted and have been sentenced in connection with their roles in that incident.

“I can confirm that we were there in regards to a criminal investigation,” ATF spokesman Eric Murray said. “It’s not in regard to any public safety threat.”

Because it’s an ongoing investigation, however, he is unable to provide details.

Glenville police said the ATF alerted them before last week’s visit but local police were not present and were not advised about the reason. They said “raid” might be too strong a word for the action.

On Thursday afternoon, a Target Sports employee referred The Daily Gazette to the owners’ attorney, who could not be reached for comment.

On Oct. 23, 2017, Jose Fontanez and Christian Roman broke in and stole firearms, ammunition and other property from the gun shop. They were arrested within weeks.

Three other people who played supporting roles in the incident also were arrested.

All have since pleaded guilty.

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