Gun recovered in Gloversville home invasion case

GLOVERSVILLE — City police recovered a revolver while conducting a follow up search on Tuesday in relation to the armed home invasion that took place at 69 Yale St. on March 22.

Kent Tucker, 21, of 1013 Hope St., Utica; Maurice Wallace, 35, of 108 Forest St., Gloversville; and Robert VanHorne, 36, of 74 Fifth Ave., Gloversville, were all charged by city police for first-degree attempted robbery, a class C felony, stemming from the March 22 armed home invasion. Tucker was also charged with an additional first-degree burglary, a class B felony. VanHorne, a Level 3 sex offender who did time in state prison for first-degree sexual abuse, was also charged with failure to register with police every 90 days, a class E felony.

City police arrived at 69 Yale St. for a welfare check that day when the officer spotted a man, his face partially blocked by a mask, running from that address. That man was later identified as Tucker.

Immediately behind Tucker was the male victim who yelled to the officer he had been robbed at gunpoint by Tucker. Police pursued Tucker on foot through several back yards and made the arrest on Fourth Avenue near the intersection at North Main Street.

In the course of that investigation, the victim had alleged that the suspect was armed with a revolver. A large scale search of the area was conducted that day, which consisted of the use of two police K-9’s, metal detectors and a New York State Police unmanned aerial vehicle.

Police efforts to locate the revolver were hampered by the significant snow pack and the firearm was not recovered. City police said in a press release that a follow up search was conducted by detectives Tuesday, during which a revolver was located on Fourth Avenue that had become partially exposed as a result of the snow melt.

Police said that the investigation into the robbery and the origin of the recovered firearm is ongoing.

Following Tucker’s March 22 arrest, police viewed privately owned surveillance cameras, in conjunction with police license plate readers, at the scene and were able to identify the car Tucker rode in to 69 Yale St. The surveillance footage also depicted two other males who were at the scene, one of whom had driven the vehicle.

During the investigation, police were led to 74 Fifth Ave., where a motor vehicle connected to the robbery was found. Several males were observed outside the home and the driver of the motor vehicle was identified as VanHorne.

Based on interviews and the reviewed surveillance footage, police identified the third male in the vehicle as Wallace, a New York state parolee who was released from state prison on Nov. 27 after serving approximately four years for a 2014 conviction for third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.

All three suspects were transported to the Gloversville Police Department where they were processed and held for arraignment. They were remanded to Fulton County Jail.

By Patricia Older

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