GLOVERSVILLE - A Fulton County sheriff's deputy investigating a report of a stolen truck had the truck almost come to him Tuesday, or at least go past him Tuesday, sheriff's officials said.
A deputy responded to an area of Gloversville where the truck was believed to have been recently, officials said.
Then, as the deputy checked surveillance cameras in the area, the license plate reader on the deputy's patrol car spotted the very stolen truck the deputy was investigating, officials said.
The deputy alerted law enforcement in the area and intercepted the vehicle at the intersection of West and Spring Streets.
Inside the vehicle, a 2003 Dodge Dakota, investigators found crack cocaine, Suboxone, marijuana and an illegally possessed handgun, officials said.
Deputies arrested four people in all, three from Gloversville and one from Schenectady.
The investigation began Tuesday when the Sheriff's Department received a report of the Dakota being stolen from a business in Broadalbin, officials said.
The deputy assigned to the case received information from the Gloversville Police Department that the truck had been there recently. The deputy interviewed business employees in the area and reviewed their surveillance video to confirm it had been in the area.
The deputy then got his confirmation from his license plate reader, officials said.
Deputies arrested three men at the scene: Sean M. Durrin, 20, of 123 Park Ave., Schenectady; Steven M. Pearce, 20, of 7 Allen St., Gloversville; and Cody A. Beagle, 19, of 32 W. Eighth Ave., Gloversville. All three face one count each of fourth-degree criminal possession of stolen property and criminal possession of a firearm, felonies.
Deputies also charged a fourth person, Tessa N. Taylor, 24, of 32 W. Eighth Ave., Gloversville, with the stolen property and firearms counts, as well as third-degree and fifth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, felonies, along with misdemeanor controlled substance possession and violation marijuana possession, officials said.
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