COLONIE, N.Y. – Three men have been arrested after an investigation into their possession of stolen property that included rifles and shotguns, some of which have been linked to a burglary in Schoharie County.
After receiving the tip that a vehicle was headed to the park near the Albany city line, members of the Colonie Police Department conducted surveillance of the area. The men's pickup truck was stopped on Wendall Drive near Wendfair Terrace at 10 p.m. Tuesday, after police say the driver failed to signal and obey a traffic light.
Inside the truck, police found eight rifles, three shotguns, two black powder handguns, two crossbows, two compound bows, three knives (including a metal knuckle knife), hundreds of rounds of ammunition and assorted equipment used for hunting.
The three men arrested were Jesse W. Rodriguez, 34, of Johnson, Vt.; Dale R. Olmstead, 28, of 84 Morton Ave. in Albany, and Sebastian B. Shepard, 30, of Key West, Fla.
After further investigation, police discovered that at least five of the rifles were stolen during a May 25 burglary in Schoharie County. The Schoharie County Sheriff's Department and the New York State Police are now assisting in this investigation to determine the rightful owners of the other items recovered.
The three men have each been charged with felony counts of Criminal Possession of a Weapon and Criminal Possession of Stolen Property.
Rodrigues and Olmstead have an additional misdemeanor charge of Criminal Possession of a Weapon. Shepard also received a misdemeanor charge of Aggravated Unlicensed Operation, as well as two traffic violations, Failure to obey traffic control device and Failure to signal.
Colonie Police said the investigation is on-going and additional charges may follow.
All three defendants were arraigned in Colonie Justice Court and remanded to the Albany County Correctional Facility until there next court appearance at 6 p.m., Monday in Colonie Town Court.