Biker arrested as search for trooper’s stolen gun continues – Times Union

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Two handguns have been recovered but State Police urgently looking for missing Glock

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State Police are searching for multiple firearms stolen recently from the residence of a state trooper in Rensselaer County. A suspected member of a local biker gang was arrested and charged with possession of one of the guns.
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State Police are searching for multiple firearms stolen recently from the residence of a state trooper in Rensselaer County. A suspected member of a local biker gang was arrested and charged with possession of one of the guns.

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Messages are written in chalk on the sidewalk at the scene of Saturday night’s mass shooting that killed Alexander Bolton and wounded six people on Monday, Oct, 11, 2021 in Albany, N.Y. A bullet hole is seen on the building at right. The shooting happened at the Lounge located at 117 North Lake Ave.
2of6Messages are written in chalk on the sidewalk at the scene of Saturday night’s mass shooting that killed Alexander Bolton and wounded six people on Monday, Oct, 11, 2021 in Albany, N.Y. A bullet hole is seen on the building at right. The shooting happened at the Lounge located at 117 North Lake Ave.Lori Van Buren/Times Union
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Messages are written in chalk on the sidewalk at the scene of Saturday night’s mass shooting that killed Alexander Bolton and wounded six people on Monday, Oct, 11, 2021 in Albany, N.Y. A bullet hole is seen on the building at right. The shooting happened at the Lounge located at 117 North Lake Ave.
4of6Messages are written in chalk on the sidewalk at the scene of Saturday night’s mass shooting that killed Alexander Bolton and wounded six people on Monday, Oct, 11, 2021 in Albany, N.Y. A bullet hole is seen on the building at right. The shooting happened at the Lounge located at 117 North Lake Ave.Lori Van Buren/Times Union
A bullet hole is seen on a building at the scene of Saturday night’s mass shooting that killed Alexander Bolton and wounded six people on Monday, Oct, 11, 2021 in Albany, N.Y. The shooting happened at the Lounge located at 117 North Lake Ave.
5of6A bullet hole is seen on a building at the scene of Saturday night’s mass shooting that killed Alexander Bolton and wounded six people on Monday, Oct, 11, 2021 in Albany, N.Y. The shooting happened at the Lounge located at 117 North Lake Ave.Lori Van Buren/Times Union
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ALBANY — State Police are searching for a handgun that was among three firearms stolen recently from the Rensselaer County residence of a trooper, including a .45-caliber Glock semiautomatic handgun that remains missing.

At least one of the firearms was recovered when troopers this week arrested a 22-year-old member of a local biker gang, the Suicide Squad, that has ties to the Hells Angels Motorcycle Club. That individual, who lives in Wynantskill, was issued an appearance ticket for Troy City Court and faces felony and misdemeanor weapons charges. 

Two teenagers, whose identities are not public due to their age, have been charged with the break-in that took place over the weekend in Rensselaer County. They are being prosecuted as juveniles under New York's Raise the Age statute, which increased to 18 the age at which an individual can be prosecuted as an adult.

People associated with the Suicide Squad and associates of several other biker gangs were involved in October's shootout at an underground private lounge in Albany; that incident left a 29-year-old military veteran dead and six others wounded. Ten people were charged with weapons possession as a result of two handguns recovered by police in the clubhouse, but no one has been charged with the homicide.

The shootout littered the neighborhood off Central Avenue with more than 60 shell casings from multiple guns, and offered proof of what some law enforcement officials said were increasing tensions between a proliferation of biker gangs that are resurgent in the area.

The firearms that are the focus of this week's State Police investigation were stolen from the residence of a 43-year-old trooper. (The Times Union is withholding the trooper's name because the person has not been accused of wrongdoing.) It's unclear whether the stolen guns were properly stored. One of the guns is a former State Police service weapon that was purchased by a trooper after the agency discontinued use of that type of firearm, according to a person briefed on the case. 

In the search for the weapons, State Police investigators this week began contacting gun retailers and asking them to keep a log of anyone who purchases the type of ammunition used in the .45-caliber handgun. That type of ammunition is not common.

A spokeswoman for the State Police said the agency did not issue a bulletin to area law enforcement agencies about the stolen guns.

"As we do with every investigation and is required by the law, the stolen weapons were immediately entered into a law enforcement database for awareness," said Kristin Lowman, a spokeswoman for the State Police. "No bulletin was issued through (the New York State Intelligence Center). It is not customary in this type of investigation for a bulletin to be issued."  

A year ago, Capital Region police agencies received a bulletin four days after police said a Greene County deputy's son should be approached with caution and may be armed in connection with the theft of multiple firearms from the residence of his mother, who is a sheriff's deputy in that county. 

In that case, police reported that two handguns, including a department-issued semiautomatic pistol, were stolen from a safe in the deputy's residence, along with a shotgun, Taser, chemical spray and two bulletproof vests.

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