An arrest in Glenville gun heist

November 03, 2017 11:33 PM

GLENVILLE - One of the men that authorities say burglarized and stole weapons from a Glenville gun store on October 23rd was taken into custody on Friday. His arrest only solves part of the mystery.

Authorities aren't talking about the circumstances surrounding the capture of 23-year old Christian Roman. What we do know is that Roman was arraigned in U.S. District Court in Albany Friday afternoon.

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He's charged with receipt, possession, and concealment of stolen firearms.

Roman is one of two men publicly named by Glenville Police and federal ATF agents in the aftermath of the Target Sports burglary on October 23rd, when at least 40 weapons were stolen during an overnight break-in at the Glenville gun store.

According to court documents, video surveillance and records from a storage facility in Schenectady shows that Roman, using a pseudonym, rented a storage unit in that facility the day of the burglary.

Three days later, investigators located a black SUV inside the same storage area that Roman rented, and inside the storage area, investigators found a Springfield Army Rifle, with a serial number that matched one stolen from the Target Sports shop.

Invetigators also located the Schenectady residents where they believe Roman visited the night of the heist. Inside that residence, they located a notebook containing handwritten notes describing the model and quantity of various firearms, consistent with those stolen from Targe Sports.

If any of the other stolen weapons were discovered, the court documents make no mention of it.

We also know that a manhunt continues for 36-year old Jose Fontanez, whose whereabouts apparently remain unknown.

Also a $15,000 reward remains on the table for information leading to the prosecution of anyone involved in the heist.


Dan Levy

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