SCHENECTADY - An Albany woman accused of punching a convenience store employee last week was soon found to be in possession of a stolen handgun, authorities said.
No gun was displayed in the convenience store incident, but police later found the gun in the woman's backpack that had been seized from her at the scene, officials said.
The woman, Morgan D. Moore, 30, now faces charges that include second-degree criminal possession of a weapon.
The incident began just after noon Thursday at the Stewart's Shop on Erie Boulevard.
Police were called there for a report of a woman refusing to leave and knocking merchandise off shelves. When an employee got close to her to confront her, Morgan punched the employee twice in the face, according to the police allegations filed in court.
Police arrived and took Morgan into custody on the store-related accusations. They also seized her backpack and placed it in the patrol car trunk as they transported her to the station for processing, prosecutor Kyle Petit said.
As police inventoried the backpack at the station, they discovered the gun, a loaded .38-caliber Smith & Wesson revolver, according to Petit and the police allegations.
The gun was also determined to have been stolen out of Charlotte, N.C., according to the allegations.
Morgan also faces one count of third-degree criminal possession of a weapon and fourth-degree criminal possession of stolen property, felonies, then third-degree assault and third-degree criminal trespass, misdemeanors.
Morgan was arraigned and ordered held on $50,000 bail. She remained at the Schenectady County Jail Tuesday.