Saratoga County

Police: Kayakers’ gun find in Saratoga Springs creek leads to Ballston Spa burglary suspect, related arrest

William H. Heeney, left, and Martin P. Heeney, right - Credit: Ballston Spa Police Department (insets) and file (background)

William H. Heeney, left, and Martin P. Heeney, right - Credit: Ballston Spa Police Department (insets) and file (background)

Categories: News, Saratoga County

BALLSTON SPA – A report from kayakers about firearms found at the bottom of Kayaderosseras Creek in Saratoga Springs has led to the arrest of two Ballston Spa men, one on burglary and theft charges, police said.

The kayakers reported spotting the weapons Nov. 11 off Nelson Avenue Extension, police said. Saratoga Springs Police and the Saratoga County Sheriff’s Office Dive Team then found and recovered a total of three firearms from the creek.

Police soon connected the recovered firearms to a report Oct. 1 to the Ballston Spa Police Department about three firearms stolen from a South Street residence, a Smith and Wesson .40 caliber semi-automatic, a Blackhawk .22 caliber revolver and a Blackhawk .357 caliber revolver, police said.

A release did not indicate what police believe led the guns end up in the creek.

The investigation then continued and, on Monday, it resulted in the arrests of two men, William M. Heeney, 49, and Martin P. Heeney, 58, both of Ballston Spa.

Martin P. Heeney faces one count each of second-degree burglary, third-degree criminal possession of a weapon and fourth-degree grand larceny, all felonies, along with misdemeanor obstructing governmental administration, providing a false written statement and tampering, police said.

William M. Heeney was charged with one count of fourth-degree criminal possession of stolen property, a felony, along with misdemeanor providing a false written statement and obstructing governmental administration.

Martin Heeney was arraigned and ordered held on $5,000 bail; William Heeney was released to appear in court later.

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