A Warren County man has been charged with stealing military clothing and equipment that turned up for sale at last weekend’s gun show at the Saratoga Springs City Center.
Michael DeBlois of Massachusetts Avenue in Queensbury was arrested this week by the Warren County Sheriff’s Department after an investigation into the theft of the military items from the New York National Guard’s Readiness Center in the town of Queensbury. DeBlois worked at the center as a cleaner.
National Guard members had found that in recent months several soldiers’ lockers had been broken into and the contents stolen.
Some of the stolen property was located at a vendor’s table at the gun show held Jan. 12 and 13 at the Saratoga Springs City Center. These items — which did not include firearms, ammunition, or body armor — were secured by the Saratoga Springs Police Department. Police said the vendor who was in possession of the stolen equipment was not aware that the property had been stolen from the National Guard and has cooperated with the police investigation.
The thefts occurred between October and this month, police said. DeBlois worked for a private company that was hired by New York state to provide cleaning services to state-owned facilities.
DeBlois was arraigned in Queensbury Town Court and taken to Warren County Jail for lack of $20,000 cash bail. Saratoga Springs police assisted the Warren County Sheriff’s Office in the investigation.